Constitutional Conference Committee of Ministers of Fundamental Rights, Progress Report of the Committee of Ministers on the Judiciary to the Constitutional Conference (2-4 November 1969)
By: John Turner
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November 4, 1969
November 4, 1969
Progress Report of the Committee of Ministers on the Judiciary to the Constitutional Conference
The Committee of Ministers on the Judiciary held its second meeting on Tuesday, November 4, 1969. All governments were represented.
The Government of Quebec presented a working paper advocating inter alias the establishment of a Consti`tutional Court, as distinct from a Federal Appeal Court, to interpret the constitution and to rule on jurisdictional disputes.
Ministers exchanged views on questions and issues arising out of the paper. A number of delegations expressed sympathy with the unique position of Quebec and there was general agreement that the Quebec proposals raised new concepts which should be examined in detail. At the same time, delegations reserved their positions on the several issues, and in particular regarding a separate Constitutional Court, primarily because of the difficulty foreseen in separating the constitutional from the substantive aspects of a case.
The Committee unanimously reaffirmed the consensus reached at its first meeting Court should be specifically Constitution, along with its method of appointment of the provisions of the B.N.A. Act of the judiciary be extended in May – that a Supreme provided for in the basic jurisdiction and the judges, and that existing respecting the independence to a supreme court.
In general, members expressed satisfaction with the present final appellate tribunal, although it was agreed that the method of appointment to the Supreme Court, as well as its composition in terms of numbers and regional representation, should be examined. The Ministers also made reference to various questions concerning such aspects of the judiciary as civil law appeals and precedent, as well as to Provincial Courts.
The Committee decided that to advance its work, individual delegations would examine the Quebec proposals, as well as alternative suggestions and forward comments and propositions on this subject to the Secretariat by the end of January. The Secretariat was charged with collating and distributing this material to all delegations by the end of February. In the light of this work, the delegations would then consult on how best to proceed, subject to any additional direction from the Constitutional Conference
John N. Turner, Chairman