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March 26, 2014

A Linguist’s Perspective on the Supreme Court Act

In my post yesterday on the decision in Reference re Supreme Court Act, ss. 5 and 6, I mentioned that the statutory interpretation issues raised in the decision were as much linguistic as they were legal issues. It therefore seems appropriate to have the perspective of a trained linguist on sections 5 and 6 of...

March 25, 2014

Statutory Interpretation and the Nadon Decision

Despite the momentous issues at stake in Reference re Supreme Court Act, ss. 5 and 6, 2014 SCC 21, the case, at bottom, involved a routine exercise of statutory interpretation: Do the words “from among the advocates of that Province” in section 6 denote current membership in the Quebec bar? Based on the often repeated...