Who Writes? Gender and Judgment Assignment on the Supreme Court of Canada
Osgoode Hall Law School 51:2, Forthcoming
28 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2014 Last revised: 21 Feb 2014
Date Written: January 1, 2014
This article poses the question: now that women are receiving an increasing share of the seats on the Supreme Court of Canada, can we conclude with confidence that they have been admitted to full participation, with a mix of judgments — including the more significant decisions — that is fully comparable to their male colleague? The author looks at the assignment of reasons for judgment on the Court over the last three chief justiceships, with specific reference to the relative rate of assignments to men and women judges. Finally, he finds that the male/female gap is more robust than ever, although he also identifies other considerations which suggest that there may be factors other than gender alone that are at play.
Keywords: Supreme Court, gender, judgment assignment, Chief Justice, important cases, women judges
JEL Classification: J71, K39, K41, K42, K49
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