Judicial Fundraising in Canada

24 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2014

See all articles by Stephen G. A. Pitel

Stephen G. A. Pitel

University of Western Ontario - Faculty of Law

Michal Malecki

Peterson McVicar LLP

Date Written: April 8, 2014


The extent to which judges should be involved in fundraising for civic and charitable causes is an important issue of judicial ethics. The default rule adopted by judicial councils in Canada precludes judges from fundraising subject to only minor exceptions. Yet anecdotal evidence indicates that Canadian judges fundraise in breach of this rule. This raises the question of whether there should be a change to the rule so as to allow judges greater scope for fundraising activities. The aim of this article is to review the ethical rules for judicial fundraising and evaluate whether they require modifications for the modern Canadian judiciary. As comparative law the article will look at the law in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Keywords: judicial ethics, fundraising, soliciting of funds, judges, United States, Canada

Suggested Citation

Pitel, Stephen G. A. and Malecki, Michal, Judicial Fundraising in Canada (April 8, 2014). Alberta Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2429703

Stephen G. A. Pitel (Contact Author)

University of Western Ontario - Faculty of Law ( email )

London, Ontario N6A 3K7 N6A 3K7

Michal Malecki

Peterson McVicar LLP ( email )

390 Bay Street, Suite 806
Toronto, Ontario M5H2Y2
647-259-1781 (Phone)
647-259-1785 (Fax)

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