Canadian judges’ work extends to beyond the courts. Our federally-appointed judges are actively involved in developing various projects that aim to improve the justice system, their profession and, most importantly, provide better access to justice for all.
Access to justice
In Canada, we rely on an independent and impartial judicial system, free from outside influences and dictates. However, it would not be an ideal system if Canada's citizens did not have easy access to it. The Council works on an ongoing basis to promote this access.
A jury instruction is a guideline given by the judge to the jury about the law they will have to apply to the facts they have found to be true. The purpose of the instructions is to help the jury arrive at a verdict that follows the law of that jurisdiction. At all times, the judge’s instructions are to be given in terms a layperson can easily understand and contribute to the effective administration of justice and public confidence.
Fresh ideas are sprouting
This section of the website is currently in development. We will be launching new projects soon.