Judicial Nullification of Statutes under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982-1988


  • F. L. Morton
  • G. Solomon
  • I. McNish
  • D. W. Poulton




This study assesses the effect of the Charter of Rights on legislative policy-making. Unlike earlier studies limited to the Charter decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, this study identifies and analyzes all reported federal and provincial Court of appeal decisions from 1982 through 1988 in which a statute was declared invalid, in whole or in part. The authors discuss which Charter rights result in the most ' 'nullifications "of statutes, and judicial activism under the Charter, using a statistical analysis to support their assertions. The study also finds that the Charter has had a greater substantive effect on provincial jurisdiction, than on federal creating a tension between provincial rights and minority rights which can be moderated or exacerbated by different modes of judicial interpretation.