The Goal of Administrative Justice System Reform
A System comprised of 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, proportionality, and timeliness of their process
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 tribunals is welcome to participate. Just click on the “Comment” button at the end of each posted article.
Ellis’s Latest Posts
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In response to a viewer’s question, the author considers the impact of the governments appointment/reappointment policies on a number of issues in light of Vavilov, including the standard of review issue. Reasonableness, he suggests, is not a given.
Since June 2018, the Ford Government has emasculated the tribunals within the Tribunals Ontario structure. Here’s the story.
Reasons to think recourse to one-year or less appointments may be a Ford Government strategy for patronagizing the administrative justice system.
This postscript to the Nov 27, Premonitory Stats post identifies the possibility that the “vacancies” number in the original post may not be reliable – possible need to add an unknown number of “abandoned” positions.
A November 23 study of PAS stats on adjudicative tribunal appointments shows that the government has prepared for a large reduction in the number of adjudicators in Ontario’s adjudicative tribunals
The Ontario AG has announced changes to the appointments process for Provincial Court Judges that are calculated to patronagize the process.