by John McLaren, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Victoria. Published with University of Toronto Press, 2011.
Canada was but one part of a large and complex empire, and this book is a reminder of that fact and a fascinating exploration of one important aspect of the legal history of the empire – the role of superior court judges. Professor John McLaren gives us a series of case studies of nineteenth century judges from across the empire, including of course the Canadian colonies, who found themselves the centre of political controversy and were either suspended or removed from office. Frequently they landed in another colony despite their chequered pasts. The book also provides a very useful and informative survey of the process of judicial appointments and the developing rules on judicial independence within the empire.