Are you familiar with the Supreme Court of Canada? How many judges sit on the bench? How many applications does the Supreme Court of Canada process each year? How do its decisions impact your life? In a brief exchange with Dean Marie-Eve Sylvestre, the Right Honorable Richard Wagner answers these questions and explains in a simple and accessible way the mandate and role of the Supreme Court of Canada.
In this conversation with Marie-Eve Sylvestre, Dean of the Civil Law Section at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, the Chief Justice discusses how the Canadian justice system confronted the challenges posed by the pandemic, noting that the crisis brought with it the opportunity to re-evaluate certain long-standing practices.
For the Chief Justice, the issue of diversity in public institutions is directly connected to the health of our democracy. Institutions like the judiciary can only be effective if people are able to recognize themselves in those institutions.