300 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 78 PART 2 MARCH 2020
One of the curiosities of the last decade is that a large proportion of those
who are engaged in matters legal no longer refer to the legal system but
refer to the “justice system”. In my view, justice is a word which has different
meanings to different people. It is like the word “fair”. It all depends
upon your point of view. What we need is a legal system. It does not matter,
I think, at present, what the law is so long as we all know what it is and are
able to give to our clients sound advice, thereby reducing the number of
cases that are heard and the length thereof.
I end, if I may, with a request that no one shall take these remarks as
embodying any personal criticism of anybody, especially of anyone now on
the bench. With very few exceptions, and happily the exceptions are dead,
the judges of British Columbia have been and are decent, honourable men
and women doing their best.
We have arrived at this state of chaos not as a result of the inadequacies
of anybody in particular but as a result of many forces working within the
nation’s legal system. A cure is not to be found in mere administrative
changes or changes in the rules of court and, with the greatest of respect to
the Chief Justice and to the Attorney-General, if that is what they think they
and we shall be disappointed.
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