Message from the Chief Justice, Richard Wagner
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Canada, the only bilingual (two languages) and bijural (two legal systems) supreme court in the world.
We work and decide cases in French and English, in all areas of law (such as family, criminal, and tax law). We decide cases from Canada’s two major legal traditions (common and civil law).
The decisions we make here affect the lives of all Canadians, and that of your family and community. It’s important to us that you understand the work that we do, and why it matters.
The Supreme Court’s essential task — to make independent and impartial decisions about issues that matter to Canadians — hasn’t changed since the Court was created in 1875. But much else has. The Court, its judges, and staff are dedicated to finding ways to better serve you. We’re leveraging technology and new media to better communicate with you, wherever you live, in both of Canada’s official languages.
This website is part of that effort. Feel free to browse the site, but here are some quick links you may find useful:
- Case Information – search engine for information about a specific case (or you can view information about recently-filed cases directly)
- Cases in Brief – summaries explaining our decisions in plain language, so everyone can understand them.
- Role of the Court – an explanation of what the Court does
- Year in Review – an overview of the Court’s work in the last calendar year
- The Judges of the Court – learn more about the nine judges
Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner, P.C.
Chief Justice of Canada
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