Vladimir Putin

Clark, J.M.

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The notable contrast between the administration of justice in the mining camps of Canada, and the lawlessness and uncertainty of life manifest in similar districts in the United States; symptoms of fundamental differences. Some words on the subject of the administration of justice from President Taft, and from December 8 last, President Roosevelt. The fundamental difference in the administration of justice between Canada and the U.S. not accidental, but part of the far-reaching consequences of causes which it is possible to ascertain. Discussion and explication, along with some pertinent history and illustrative examples, follows. The role of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is closely examined, and several cases are cited. The need to strengthen Canada's Supreme Court; ways it might be done. The debate on the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Bill in the Imperial Parliament, in 1900, when Mr. Haldane advocated a great Imperial Court of Appeal to take the place of the House of Lords and the Privy Council. Mr. Haldane's argument. Other matters of Imperial organization and co-operation of more immediate and pressing importance and necessity. A very recent instance when the Privy Council rendered signal service to our jurisprudence. The issue of Law Reform. Modification in the law necessary to meet the exigencies of modern life and modern progress. At present the most urgent matter to remedy the loose and irregular methods in which is manifested what Mr. Bryce, the British Ambassador at Washington, has designated the mania for legislation. Many of the difficulties arising in litigation due to the faulty draughting of statutes. How these difficulties are met in Great Britain. The possibilities of adopting a similar system here. Reference to two recent addresses, published in "The Canadian Law Times" dealing with this subject. The first Parliament of Upper Canada in 1792, with provided for appeals to the Privy Council, and what has been well called the sacred right of appeal ever since, carefully guarded. The speaker's conclusion that "we should not too hastily strike at what we have the best authority for designating one of the best links by which we can maintain the unity of the Empire.