The judges of the Supreme Court will hear two cases and meet with citizens in Quebec.
The nine judges of the Supreme Court of Canada have arrived in Quebec. They will be in the Quebec capital to hear two cases, but also to meet with citizens.
This is the second time in 150 years that the Supreme Court has sat in court. x27;outside of Ottawa. On Monday and Tuesday, the judges will meet students from nine secondary schools. They will also talk with teachers and law students from Quebec.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner in a First Hour interview
One of the objectives of this judges' tour is to publicize the work of the Supreme Court, but also to demystify their work and explain how the Canadian justice system works.
I think we have an excellent justice system. There are a lot of shortcomings, there are things to fix, but if we compare ourselves, we console ourselves. We have an excellent bench and I would like people to know more about it, mentioned Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner in an interview on the morning show Première Heure .
Quebec City Courthouse
The highest court in the country will hear two cases, Wednesday and Thursday, at the Quebec City courthouse. Both hearings will be open to the public.
The issue in the first case is to know, in cases where there is an arrest for impaired driving, whether the officer has an obligation to immediately have with him a screening device to pass the test. The second file is the cultivation of cannabis at home. There is a federal law that allows it and the Quebec law prohibits it. It will be necessary to determine the constitutionality of the Quebec law, explains Judge Wagner.
The magistrates will also be present at the Musée de la civilization, Wednesday at 3 p.m., to discuss with the citizens. Interested persons must register in order to participate in the event.
Richard Wagner wants to break down some prejudices, in particular that the Supreme Court of Canada is, a bit like in the United States, politically tinged.
One of the advantages of our society, it& #x27;is to have an independent judiciary. We are only accountable to citizens, period. Not to governments, not to other institutions, he specifies.
The magistrates will also explain how the selection of the cases heard is made.
There are between 500 and 600 appeals per year to the Supreme Court. About a quarter are self-representing people. We choose the cases in which there are significant contradictions on a point of law in the country. One can also choose according to the public interest. Appeals as of right are heard automatically, explains the chief justice.