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Chief Justice speaks on judicial transparency

Chief Justice speaks on judicial transparency

In one of his first public talks as the newly appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Richard Wagner told a standing room only at Western’s Faculty of Law that Canada’s top Court needs to be more transparent and accessible to the public.

“We have to explain to the population who we are, what we do, why we do it and how we do it,” Wagner said.

Wagner spoke to more than 250 students and faculty as part of the school’s Distinguished Speakers series on January 31, just a month after he succeeded Beverley McLachlin as Canada’s Chief Justice.

He said judges need to take the opportunity to communicate with the public directly.

“You have to make sure there are clear decisions accessible in clear language,” he said.

One of those changes, he noted, was that summaries of Supreme Court rulings will be written in a clearer language and made available on the court’s social media pages.

Wagner was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on October 5, 2012 and appointed Chief Justice of Canada, December 18, 2017

This article appeared in the Western Law 2018 Alumni Magazine.
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