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Canadian Bar Review, Vol. 53, Issue 3 (September 1975), pp. 563-575


A strange thing happened to the Supreme Court of Canada on the way to the celebration of this, its centennial year: the public discovered that the court exists. One may also surmise that the members of the court find this novel attention to be a rather mixed blessing. The tone of popular treatments of the court has been no more complimentary than the academic studies which have lain in obscurity for years. In this essay, I shall resist the urge to add another refrain to the litany of complaints about the performance of our final court. Instead, I am tempted by another target-the academic community itself.