Guest Editorial: The Ethics of Judicial Appointments

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Canada, Judicial Appointments, Canadian Judiciary, Constitutional Integrity


This special issue of Legal Ethics focuses on the judiciary, with a particular emphasis on the ethics of judicial appointments. The first four articles all emerge from papers delivered in the two sessions on the ethics of judicial appointments held at the Seventh International Legal Ethics Conference at Fordham University, New York, from 14 to 16 July 2016. All deal with the ethics of judicial appointments in Commonwealth countries, but span those that have highly structured appointments processes that centre on judicial commissions to those in Australia that maintain executive government appointment with only conventions - or ethics - to give assurance that the constitutional integrity of the process is secured.