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Mighty Judgment: Meet the Supreme Court Judges who run your life.

In Mighty Judgment Philip Slayton describes the important issues the Supreme Court decides for individual Canadians and for Canada as a nation, and the surprising and dramatic ways in which these decisions shape our future. In the Morgentaler case (1988), the court struck down laws restricting abortion, leaving Canada the only Western country without any abortion laws. In the Same-Sex Marriage Reference (2004), it decided that gays and lesbians could marry. In the Secession Reference (1998), it laid down the conditions under which Quebec could secede from Canada. In the Patrick case (2009), the court decided that the right of privacy does not stop the police from rifling through our garbage. More recently, the court administered a tongue-lashing to the federal government over its treatment of Canadian youth Omar Khadr, accused by the United States government of fighting alongside the Taliban.

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Philip Slayton
Philip Slayton PHILIP SLAYTON is the bestselling author of Lawyers Gone Bad. A Rhodes Scholar, he served as a law clerk on the Supreme Court of Canada before joining the law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon. He retired as a senior partner in 2000. He writes for Canadian Lawyer magazine and divides his time between Toronto and Nova Scotia.

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The Supreme Court of Canada is Canada's final court of appeal, the last judicial resort for all litigants, whether individuals or governments. Its jurisdiction embraces both the civil law of the province of Quebec and the common law of the other provinces and territories.
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