The Court of Appeal for Ontario: Defining the Right of Appeal in Canada, 1792-2013

The Court of Appeal for Ontario: Defining the Right of Appeal in Canada, 1792-2013

by Christopher Moore

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Overview

In Christopher Moore’s lively and engaging history of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, he traces the evolution of one of Canada’s most influential courts from its origins as a branch of the lieutenant governor’s executive council to the post-Charter years of cutting-edge jurisprudence and national influence.

Discussing the issues, personalities, and politics which have shaped Ontario’s highest court, The Court of Appeal for Ontario offers appreciations of key figures in Canada’s legal and political history – including John Beverly Robinson, Oliver Mowat, Bora Laskin, and Bertha Wilson – and a serious examination of what the right of appeal means and how it has been interpreted by Canadians over the last two hundred years. The first comprehensive history of the Ontario Court of Appeal, Moore’s book is the definitive and eminently readable account of the court that has been called everything from a bulwark against tyranny to murderer’s row.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442622487
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 11/05/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 376
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Christopher Moore is the author of several notable books in Canadian legal history. A two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, he writes regularly for both Canada’s History and Law Times.

Hometown:

Hawaii and San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1958

Place of Birth:

Toledo, Ohio

Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

Foreword, the Osgoode Society xi

Foreword, the Honourable Warren K. Winkler xiii

Introduction and Acknowledgments xvii

1 Give Us the Court of Appeal, 1792-1874 3

2 Oliver Mowat's Court, 1874-1912 39

3 The Meredith-Mulock-Rowell Courts, 1913-38: Experiments in Court Reform 71

4 The Robertson-Pickup-Porter Courts, 1938-67 100

5 Renewal: The Gale-Estey-Howland Courts, 1967-90 123

6 The Dubin-McMurtry Courts, 1990-2007 160

7 Into the Twenty-First Century: The Winkler Court, 2007-13 184

Note on Methods 201

Appendices 205

Biographical Dictionary of the Judges of Appeal 211

Notes 287

Illustration Credits 311

Index 313

Illustrations follow page 146

What People are Saying About This

Warren K. Winkler

“[Christopher Moore] has written a work that captures not just the facts and chronology, but also the character and personality of this marvellous, beloved institution.”

The Honourable Warren K. Winkler

“[Christopher Moore] has written a work that captures not just the facts and chronology, but also the character and personality of this marvellous, beloved institution.”

Lorne Sossin

“Christopher Moore’s book is lively and engaging. It is a worthy and significant scholarly contribution to Canadian (and, of course, Ontario) legal history.”

Carl Baar

The Court of Appeal for Ontario is a very good overview of the history of the court.”

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