Editorial: No Judge Is An Island

Document Type

Media Mention

Publication Date


Source Publication

Law Times


Revolution in the streets is what leads to decisions in the courts, said a sign I saw last week.

It surprised and delighted me, as it was a reference to the fact that our ever-evolving social context can inform our judges and vice versa. While in theory there is a delineated line between the judges and legislators, both are informed by the social climate of our time.

Which is why savvy legislator and interim Conservative Party of Canada leader Rona Ambrose has introduced a private member’s bill that would mandate that all new judges receive training in dealing with sexual assault cases.