Toews Blasted For Plan To Give Police A Say In Selecting Judges

Posted on Saturday, November 11 at 11:59 by Anonymous
In an unprecedented development Thursday, Canada’s chief justice, Beverley McLachlin, and other senior judges slammed Toews for failing to consult with anyone before announcing reforms to the process for appointing federal judges. “We call upon the minister to initiate an immediate process of consultation on the proposed changes with the judiciary, the Canadian Bar Association and Law Societies, and other interested persons,” Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said in a statement released late Thursday by the Canadian Judicial Council. Toews, in his statement, ignored the rebuke, saying only the government is pleased to bring police onboard by appointing a member of the law enforcement community in each province to advisory committees that screen candidates for the 1,100-member federally appointed bench. “The voices of police are critical in our legal system, but they have never been represented in this process,” Toews said. [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on November 14, 2006]


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