Friday, June 12, 2009

On Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella

Writer Kirk Makin profiles Madame Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada in today's Globe and Mail:

Five years after Judge Abella arrived on the court, the jury is in. Having largely silenced critics of her public profile and vocal support of social causes, Judge Abella has emerged as a tower of strength in her favoured fields - family law, employment law, youth criminal justice and human rights.

In addition, the growing number of majority judgments that she writes has stifled any suggestion that Judge Abella aspires to be a squeaky wheel.

"Justice Abella certainly started slowly, but I see a judge who is starting to assert herself as a distinct judicial personality on the court," said Bruce Ryder, a professor at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School. "I see her emerging as a leader on the court."

See Mr. Makin's article: Justice tempered with a soft heart

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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