Canada’s Next Top Judge: Solicitors Need Not Apply

Heather Douglas

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Most of Canada’s legal system is rooted in the tradition of the English common law and equity law. In England there is a distinct difference between barristers and solicitors. A distinction whose remnants remain in Canada to this very day.

In England a barrister “is a member of one of the Inns of Courtand who has the privilege of pleading in the higher courts,” whereas a solicitor “advises clients on matters of law, draws up legal documents, prepares cases for barristers, etc, and who may represent clients in certain courts” (Dictionary.com).

In the End of the Charter Revolution, Peter McCormick writes that originally Supreme Court judges were…

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