Shouldn't the Bench Be a Mirror? The Diversity of the Canadian Judiciary

35 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2017 Last revised: 15 Nov 2017

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Avner Levin

Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management

Asher Alkoby

Ryerson University

Date Written: September 8, 2017

Abstract

English Abstract: This paper assesses the diversity of the judiciary in Canada's most diverse urban centres of Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal and it measures the gap between the demographic composition of the judiciary and the population that it serves. The paper then considers the factors that contribute to and perpetuate the homogeneity of Canadian courts, and it addresses the arguments that an identity-conscious appointment process could compromise meritocracy, or that it would challenge the presumed objectivity of judicial decision-making. We argue that reliable public data on the composition of the bench and a clear government vision and strategy are crucial for the administration of justice in Canadian courts.

Spanish Abstract: Este artículo examina la diversidad del sector judicial de los centros urbanos más diversos de Canadá –Toronto, Vancouver y Montreal– y mide la brecha entre la composición demográfica del cuerpo judicial y la población a la cual sirve. A continuación, el artículo toma en consideración los factores que contribuyen a perpetuar la homogeneidad de los juzgados canadienses, y hace referencia a los argumentos de que un proceso de nombramiento que tomara en cuenta la identidad podría poner en entredicho la meritocracia o la presunta objetividad de la toma de decisiones judiciales. Nosotros argumentamos que unos datos públicos fiables sobre.

Keywords: diversity, judiciary, Canada, equity

Suggested Citation

Levin, Avner and Alkoby, Asher, Shouldn't the Bench Be a Mirror? The Diversity of the Canadian Judiciary (September 8, 2017). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3034201

Avner Levin (Contact Author)

Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management ( email )

350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
Canada

Asher Alkoby

Ryerson University ( email )

350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
Canada

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