Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and
Issue 56 - Twenty-First Report of the Committee
THURSDAY, February 18, 1999
The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has the honour
to present its
Your committee, to which was referred Bill C-57, An Act to amend the Nunavut Act
with respect to the Nunavut Court of Justice and to amend other Acts in
consequence, has, in obedience to the Order of Reference of Thursday, December
10, 1998, examined the said Bill and now reports the same without amendment.
Your committee does, however, feel it is important to underscore certain issues
concerning the context in which the Nunavut Court of Justice is to operate.
Your committee is of the view that the fair administration and implementation
of justice in the new territory of Nunavut requires great vigilance. Your
committee considers this to be particularly the case in respect of the
appointment and training of justices of the peace, who will play a pivotal role
in the Nunavut justice system. It is equally essential that minority rights be
protected in all other areas of justice delivery.