The Goal  of Administrative Justice System Reform

Adjudicative Tribunals that are: expert, optimally competent and implicitly independent 
Admired on all sides for the impartiality and quality of their decisions 
Respected for the fairness, fitness, and timeliness of their process

Unjust by Design by Ron Ellis

Originally launched in March 2013 in alignment with the publication of Ellis’s book, Unjust by Design, and redesigned and refreshed in 2019, this website’s aim is to foster discussion and provoke action concerning the issues in Canada’s administrative justice systems – the issues which Unjust by Design addresses, of course, but also generally.

Anyone with a stake or interest in the administrative justice system or in any of its adjudicative tribnals is welcome to participate.  Just click on the “Comment” button at the end of each posted article.

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Ellis’s Latest Posts

September 18 meeting – Clarification

  Lest there be any misunderstanding, this author’s advocacy for a class action based on claims for damages for breach of contract by adjudicators whose expected reappointments were refused is not principally motivated by a concern for the personal interests … September 18 meeting – Clarification Read More »
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The Meeting is confirmed I have been asked to confirm that the meeting referred to in an earlier post, of members of Ontario adjudicative tribunals whose expected reappointments have been or may be refused, will go ahead as planned on … SEPTEMBER 18 MEETING INFORMATION Read More »
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It has been put to me that my June 5, 2019 post on the possibility of a breach-of-contract action as a remedy for the government’s refusal of expected reappointments has a potential flaw; that I might not have given sufficient weight to the limitation to the appointees’ contractual rights arising…
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Word has it that members of Ontario adjudicative tribunals whose expected reappointments have been refused, plan to meet informally in September with a view to sharing experiences and beginning a discussion of possible options.
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Refused Reappointments Legal Remedies Group Action

Posted here is a memorandum that explores the legal actions that might be brought against the Government of Ontario for its arbitrary refusals to reappoint incumbent, meritorious Members and Vice-Chairs of Ontario’s adjudicative tribunals when those reappointments were rightfully expected … Refused Reappointments Legal Remedies Group Action Read More »
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On the Sidelines, No Place for Lawyers

As we watch the Ford government’s attack on the impartiality and competence of Ontario’s adjudicative tribunals, it is time to refresh our understanding of the legal profession’s obligation to defend the justice system.
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