What the U.S. Can teach Canada About Supreme Court Appointments

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Globe & Mail


Spring is here. And so it seems is a new season of judicial appointments. Both Canada and the United States have vacancies on their nine-person Supreme Courts to replace retiring or deceased justices.

This unusual coincidence provides a suitable occasion to look at the different processes at work in the two countries for the appointment of senior judges. Also, it gives us a glimpse at what Canadians and Americans think about the role and performance of their highest courts.