Judicial Independence

Judicial Independence: Defending an Honoured Principle in a New Age

An independent judiciary is the cornerstone of the Canadian justice system, and essential to upholding Canada’s democratic values and the rule of law. Like other foundational elements of democracy, judicial independence is vulnerable to threats and its protection requires vigilance.

An essential part of The Advocates' Society's mission is to safeguard and promote judicial independence in Canada. To that end, The Advocates' Society has developed a public statement on this topic, entitled Judicial Independence: Defending an Honoured Principle in a New Age. This statement is a resource on:

  • the importance of the principle of judicial independence;
  • the origins, sources, and fundamental components of the principle; and
  • the safeguards and the threats to judicial independence emerging in our society.

With this statement, The Advocates' Society reaffirms its commitment to vigilance in defending the honoured principle of judicial independence. We call upon all members of the independent bar, and all citizens who care for the continued strength of Canada’s democracy, to share that commitment with us.

Judicial Independence: Defending an Honoured Principle in a New Age
L’indépendance judiciaire: Défendre un principe consacré dans une ère nouvelle