Thursday, July 19, 2007

Tory Judges Exclude Evidence More; Female Judges Better for Divorced Dads

So says this empirical study of the Ontario Court of Appeal by Moin Yahya and James Stribopoulos, titans of the Canadian legal blogosphere. The finding that their Ladyships are more pro-male than their Lordships reflects folk wisdom in the profession. If I had to hazard an explanation for the fact that Tory appointees exclude evidence under s. 24 of the Charter more than Liberal appointees, I'd say it is just a cohort effect: "Tory" judges were appointed earlier, back when the Charter was cooler.

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