Canadian Superior Court Judges Association

The Role of the Courts


The justice system is the mechanism that upholds the rule of law. Our courts provide a forum to resolve disputes and to test and enforce laws in a fair and rational manner. The courts are an impartial forum, and judges are free to apply the law without regard to the government's wishes or the weight of public opinion. Court decisions are based on what the law says and what the evidence proves; there is no place in the courts for suspicion, bias or favouritism. This is why justice is often symbolized as a blindfolded figure balancing a set of scales, oblivious to anything that could detract from the pursuit of an outcome that is just and fair.


Please note: The information contained in this section is intended to provide a simple overview of the Canadian Justice System. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, the Association makes no pronouncement on the practices & procedures employed across the country or on the likely outcome of any legal proceedings. The circumstances of any particular case may result in a modification or refinement of the law and its application. Nothing contained in this section is intended to be considered as legal advice and you should not rely upon it as such. For legal advice, please consult an authorized practitioner in your area.