Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa

Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa (must see)

The Supreme Court of Canada is the top of the Canadian judicial pyramid and was established on 8 April 1875. Its decisions are binding upon all lower courts in the country. In 1933, the Supreme Court was formally made the court of last instance for criminal appeals and in 1949 for all other appeals. The increased importance of the Court has been mirrored by the number of its members, rising from six judges upon the establishment in 1875 to nine judges recently. In 2000, Beverly McLachin was appointed Chief Justice, followed by Justices Charron and Abella appointed in 2005, which made The Supreme Court of Canada the world's most gender-balanced national high court, with four female members out of nine.

The Supreme Court status prohibits judges from holding any governmental position, federal or provincial, or being involved in any business activity. The judges are obliged to live in or within 40 kilometres the National Capital Region and retire at the age of 75; they can be removed from office prematurely, though, if found incapable or guilty of misconduct. The Supreme Court of Canada offers pamphlet containing information about the history and role of the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as other general info, presented in twelve languages apart from English and French.

The Court performs a unique function in terms of dealing, at the request of Governor-in-Council, with legal issues concerning matters of national importance, although this does not happen very often.

The Supreme court sits in the Main Courtroom in the centre of the building on the first floor. A bronze model of the original Supreme Court Building, a present from the Canadian Bar Association in 1975, is located at the foot of the staircase. The courtroom is equipped with a video-conference system allowing litigants to present their cases from distant locations.

The building itself is quite impressive, both exterior and interior. If you are keen on architecture, this site is a must see. Situated just west of the Parliament Buildings on a cliff overlooking the Ottawa River, and secluded from a busy Wellington Street by a vastness of lawn, this building offers a noble setting befitting the country's highest tribunal.

Why You Should Visit:
Though the free tour (in English/French) is only for 30min, it is packed with information about how both the Supreme and Federal courts function.
Besides, if you follow all the rules, including being quiet, you can see a case being heard.
You're also allowed to try on robes and sit in the judge's chair in the Federal Court of Appeal for a photo op.

Tip:
Make sure to check the schedule beforehand online or call.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Supreme Court of Canada
Sight Location: Ottawa, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk  

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