Supreme Court of Canada, judicial power, judges, justice
The Suoreme Court is an important national institution, but it is also nine individuals with differing conceptions of the law, the constitution and the judicial role. When the Court divides, which it does about half the time, some judges tend more often than others to write or to sign the reasons that constitute the decision of the Court. This article explores the notion of "judiciapl ower" by looking at the way that judges have written opinions and signed on to the opinions of others for the first seven years of this decade, looking for the "most powerful" (melodramatically: the "most dangerous") justice. It concludes by speculating about the implications of Justice La Forest's retirement and Justice Sopinka's death.
Peter McCormick, "The Most Dangerous Justice: Measuring Judicial Power in the Lamer Court, 1991-97" (1999) 22:1 Dal LJ 93.