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Paths to the Bench

The Judicial Appointment Process in Manitoba, 1870-1950

by (author) Dale Brawn

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2015
Category
Legal History, Judicial Power, Post-Confederation (1867-), NON-CLASSIFIABLE
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774826761
    Publish Date
    Jan 2015
    List Price
    $32.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774826754
    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
    List Price
    $90.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774826785
    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
    List Price
    $32.95

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Using the judiciary of Manitoba as a model, Paths to the Bench examines the political nature of Canada’s judicial appointment process and suggests that ability alone seldom determined who went to the bench. In fact, many of Manitoba’s early judges spent little time actually practising law, since professional merit was not a criterion for judicial appointments. Rather, it was relationships with influential mentors and communities that ensured appointments and ultimately propelled careers. Brawn offers an in-depth analysis of how the paths to the bench of competent and connected and less competent and connected lawyers differed. This book is one of the few studies to examine why many of the best and brightest members of the bar either did not want to go to the bench, or if they did, why they did not get there.

About the author

Dale Brawn is a law professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury. His previous books include Last Moments: When the Penalty for Murder Was Death, Every Stone a Story II, and The Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba 1870-1950.

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