Supreme Court of Canada: Year in Review 2018

A Message
from the Chief Justice


The Supreme Court of Canada isn’t an ivory tower. It’s your Court. The decisions we make here affect your life, and that of your family and community. It’s important to us that you understand the work that we do, and why it matters.

In 2018, we decided a total of 64 cases, covering everything from child custody to freedom of religion to equal pay. As we do every year, we’ve grappled with many difficult issues and worked to settle the law clearly and fairly.

Our 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. Our first judges could never have imagined how technologies like cable news, social media, and smartphones would change our world. Today, these are the media through which many Canadians learn about and interact with their public institutions, including the Court.

The Supreme 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 document is part of that. We’ve also become more active on social media (Facebook and Twitter); please follow us! And we’ve started publishing Cases in Brief that explain our decisions in plain language, so everyone can understand them.

My colleagues and I, and all the staff at the Court, are proud to share our work with you in this Year in Review. We look forward to continuing to serve Canadians in 2019, and beyond.


Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner, P.C.

Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner, P.C.

Chief Justice of Canada