Le feu sacré: l’héritage du juge en chef Antonio Lamer

Chief Justice Lamer’s Impact on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Right Honourable Antonio Lamer holds the distinction of serving as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada during two very significant moments of constitutional history – enactment of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982) and the Quebec Seccession Reference (1998). One of the longest-serving judges of his era, Chief Justice Lamer played an instrumental role in developing Canada’s new culture of rights under the Charter.

In this first-ever collection of essays about Chief Justice Lamer, academics, former clerks, and members of the judiciary examine his legacy of Charter interpretation and the protection of Canadians’ rights.

Explore Chief Justice Lamer’s lengthy career, his personal conception of the law, and why he is recognized today as one of Canada’s most influential judges. Essays cover:

  • His strong commitment to the principle of fairness and respect for procedural compliance
  • His determination to safeguard the rights of the accused
  • The reasoning and effects of his landmark decisions, including the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act Reference (1985), which helped define the scope of judicial power under the Charter
  • Arguments surrounding his 1997 reference question about judicial independence and the remuneration of judges
  • Why the Lamer Court was constantly scrutinized and criticized in a manner unknown to predecessors
  • His lasting contributions to criminal, constitutional, and Aboriginal law

This content has been updated on February 22, 2017 at 14:57.