L’Honorable Louise Charron: une analyse quantitative comparée de sa jurisprudence (The Hon. Louise Charron: A Comparative Quantitative Analysis of Her Jurisrpudence)

Peter Oliver and Graham Mayeda (eds), Principles and Pragmatism: Essays in Honour of Louise Charron, (LexisNexis, 2014 Forthcoming).

Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. WP 2013-03

18 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2013 Last revised: 20 Nov 2013

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Marie-Claire Belleau

Laval University

Rebecca Johnson

University of Victoria - Faculty of Law

Annie Packwood

Université Laval - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 30, 2013

Abstract

Ce chapitre offre un portrait statistique des décisions de la juge Louise Charron pendant la période où elle a siégé à la Cour suprême du Canada soit de 2004 à 2011. Il porte une attention particulière aux données quantitatives des opinions unanimes, majoritaires, dissidentes sur les motifs et sur le résultat auxquelles la juge Charron a participé soit en les signant ou en les rédigeant. Il compare les statistiques de la juge Charron à celles de ses collègues de la plus haute institution judiciaire du pays depuis 1982. La philosophie judiciaire de la juge Charron orientée vers la recherche du consensus, la collégialité et l’inclusion des idées de ses collègues constitue une hypothèse explicative de ses très faibles taux de dissidences.

This chapter is a statistical portrait of the judicial decisions of Justice Louise Charron between 2004 and 2011, the period in which she sat on the Supreme Court of Canada. It focuses in particular on quantitative data about unanimous opinions, majorities, dissenting and concurring reasons for cases in which Justice Charron participated, either as a panel member signing on to a judgment or as the author of reasons. The study compares Justice Charron’s profile of decisions to that of her colleagues on the country’s highest judicial institution. It hypothesizes that the small number of dissents and concurrences in which Justice Charron took part reflects her judicial philosophy, which appears to be oriented toward consensus-building, collegiality and the inclusion in her judgements of the ideas of her colleagues.

Keywords: Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada, Justice Louise Charron, statistical analysis of judgments, judicial philosophy

Suggested Citation

Belleau, Marie-Claire and Johnson, Rebecca and Packwood, Annie, L’Honorable Louise Charron: une analyse quantitative comparée de sa jurisprudence (The Hon. Louise Charron: A Comparative Quantitative Analysis of Her Jurisrpudence) (October 30, 2013). Peter Oliver and Graham Mayeda (eds), Principles and Pragmatism: Essays in Honour of Louise Charron, (LexisNexis, 2014 Forthcoming).; Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. WP 2013-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2347374 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2347374

Marie-Claire Belleau (Contact Author)

Laval University ( email )

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Rebecca Johnson

University of Victoria - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Annie Packwood

Université Laval - Faculty of Law

Quebec
Canada

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