“MORE MUST BE DONE TO ADDRESS THIS LONG-STANDING PROBLEM BEFORE THE PUBLIC COMPLETELY LOSES CONFIDENCE IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM.”
Daniel Brown, vice-president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association
that it can continue with the important business of delivering timely access to justice.”
In her op-ed, published Sept. 17, Wilson-raybould said she must conduct “due diligence to ensure I name only the most meritorious candidates to the bench” and also ensure that the bench reflects the diversity of the country.
“Some, including senior members of the judiciary, have argued that the long-standing problem of court delays would be solved if I filled all vacancies at the same time. They say too much due diligence is getting in the way of faster appointments. That assertion demands a response,” Wilsonraybould wrote.
The minister spoke about the topic of diversity in the courts at an event for members of the legal community at the University of Toronto law school almost two weeks ago. The event was closed to the media and the Star was told the minister was not available for an interview.
Her spokesman David Taylor told the Star Monday that Wilson-raybould has appointed 58 judges to Ontario since becoming minister in 2015 and 14 since August.