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Can the UK learn from how Canada appoints its judges?

Those seeking reform might study how Trudeau revolutionised the process

By Paul Daly  

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Wagner as they wait for the Speech from the Throne to begin, Thursday December 5, 2019 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

In the spring of 2016, I had a long, caffeine-infused discussion with one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s advisers about the process for appointing judges to the Supreme Court of Canada. The PM’s advisers reached out to a large and diverse group of academics and practitioners around this time. Trudeau’s first appointment was coming up and informal consultations were a necessary precursor to putting in place a new appointments process.

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