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The Courts

Ian Greene offers an insider’s perspective on the role of judges, lawyers, and expert witnesses; the cost of litigation; the representativeness of juries; legal aid issues; and questions of jury reform. He also examines judicial activism in the wider context of public participation in courts administration and judicial selection and of how responsive the courts are to the expectations of Canadian citizens. The Courts moves its examination of the judicial system beyond the well-trodden topics of judicial appointment, discipline, independence, and review to consider the ways in which courts affect daily life in terms of democratic principles. Although courts are often viewed as elitist and unaccountable, they are more valuable aspect of democratic practice than most citizens realize.

Table of Contents



1. Canada’s Courts in Context

2. Public Participation in the Justice System

3. Inclusiveness

4. Responsiveness of Courts to Expectations: Independence, Behaviour, and Administration

5. Responsiveness of Judicial Decisions to Canadian Democracy

6. The Courts and Democracy

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