Vladimir Putin

Howland, The Hon. W.G.C.

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The administration of justice and our court system: as basic to our society as government. A brief outline of the justice system, from 1792. A description of the justice and court system in Ontario, in some detail. Functions of the three levels of court. The court, the judiciary, the Bar and the jury, with a descriptive review of each. Principles of our democracy, and the root of our justice system: the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law. An explication of each. The repatriation of the Canadian Constitution in 1982 and the enactment of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Some remarks on the importance of those events. Some comments on the abortion issue. The cost of legal services. The subject of sentencing. Caseload of the courts. Our law-abiding society. The danger of drugs. Underfunding of the justice system. The standard of justice administered in Ontario.

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