This program offered jointly by the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) and the National Judicial Institute (NJI), is designed to familiarize trial judges with principles and practices relating to applications for judicial review. The program will develop a framework for dealing with such applications that will allow individual judges to deal with judicial reviews both systematically and effectively.
The program will include plenary sessions as well as small group workshops. It will also include demonstrations based on a fact situation through which judges will become comfortable in dealing with applications for judicial review and assist them in developing best practices for handling these matters.
The principal focus of the program was on substance and process, with an emphasis on developing the skills required to deal applications for judicial review.
The seminar was highly participatory, including both lectures, debates and breakout sessions at tables to work through a judicial review problem. Elements of social context were integrated into the problems presented and small group discussions.
The purpose of the program was to familiarize superior court judges with principles and practices of judicial review and to also develop a framework for dealing with such applications that would allow individual judges to deal with them systematically and effectively. The program included such topics as: