by Ian Bushnell. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1997.
The Federal Court of Canada, existing from 1875 to 1971 under the name Exchequer Court of Canada, has occupied a special place in the court structure of Canada. Established principally to adjudicate legal disputes in which the Canadian government was involved, it has, since its change of name in 1971, become primarily an administrative court dealing with federal administrative tribunals. As a federal court within the nation its very existence provokes discussion and debate as the various provincial court systems claim a position of primacy for the adjudication of legal disputes. Central to the history of the Court is an examination of the judges who have sat on its bench. Who the judges were is presented, and their work is examined, with particular focus on the judges’ views of the proper approach to decision-making.