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
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.
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Ellis’s Latest Posts
As we ponder the question of whether the Ford government’s assault on the security of tenure of adjudicators in Ontario’s administrative justice system is constitutionally valid, and await the decision of the BC Court of Appeal in Walter v. BC, a reminder of the constitutional argument would seem to be…
While the Ford government is busy destroying the independence and impartiality of our administrative justice tribunals, it is also wreaking havoc with the legal aid services on which much of the advocacy before those tribunals depend. Now comes news that … Parkdale to close!!! Read More »
In this, the third post on Ford’s administrative-justice policies, the topic is the remedies that would present themselves were it found that, notwithstanding Ocean Port, the unwritten, constitutional principle of judicial independence does apply to adjudicative tribunals – a proposition at issue in current appeal proceedings in Walter v. BC.
In this post, Ellis begins to examine the legal bases for court-challenges of the Ford executive branch’s regressive policies concerning the administration of the Province’s adjudicative tribunals and their members.
After Harris, Ontario’s administrative justice system had become a generally admired system. This post describes the features of that system as it existed pre-Ford; outlines the retrograde policies that have been introduced by the Ford administration; and projects the consequences that will surely follow.
Disability Benefits Conflict Eliminatus A Call For Conflict-Free Initial Adjudication The Conflict Problem The organizations that administer statutory disability benefit programs are also the organizations that adjudicate the claims for those benefits. And it is self-evident that in their statutory … Government Disability benefits – Conflicted Adjudication Needs Fixing Read…