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By the Court

Anonymous Judgments at the Supreme Court of Canada

by (author) Peter McCormick & Marc D. Zanoni

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Courts, Judicial Power, Legal History
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
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Any court watcher knows that the Supreme Court of Canada delivers some of its major constitutional judgments in a “By the Court” format. This transformative approach abandons the common law tradition of attributing decisions to individual judges. By the Court is the first major study of these unanimous and anonymous decisions and features a complete inventory, chronology, and typology of these cases. Peter McCormick and Marc Zanoni explore the origins, purposes, and potential future of “By the Court,” framing this practice as uniquely Canadian, and the most dramatic form of a modern style that highlights the institution and downplays individual contributions.

About the authors

PETER McCORMICK has taught at Lakehead University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Lethbridge. He retired in 2015. He is the author of Supreme at Last. He lives in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Editorial Reviews

This is an appealing book, and I recommend it to members of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. Anyone with an interest in the history of the Supreme Court of Canada, their judgments, and the judgment writing process will enjoy this book.

Canadian Law Library Review

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