THE CANADIAN JUSTICE REVIEW BOARD (CJRB) is a national advisory organization which serves as an information collection agency that receives and organizes public comments about the state of the justice system and decisions of the court. This information is used to identify and publicize questionable legal practices and other systemic shortcomings. The CJRB promotes the fundamental right to receive from the courts non-political decisions based on established law.

Public Awareness and Self-Help Topics

Interesting and informative information on this website is organized into subject categories in an effort to assist and educate the public. These include commentaries as well as eye-opening and thought provoking court decisions in convoluted lawsuits, court errors, reversals, and enormous costs for which lawyers and judges take no responsibility. On June 23, 2012, writing for the Toronto Sun, lawyer Alan Shanoff posed an interesting question: Who pays when judges screw up? In his words, litigation is unpredictable because, "A witness may fail to appear, or lie, or forget key evidence. The judge may choose not to believe a witness. It's also possible one lawyer may be out-gunned by the other side's lawyer." These are real life stories that illustrate the pitfalls in the court system that may provide an important bird's eye view of the unsatisfying results that can befall both sides.

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Why politics matters

In some cases, the law, properly approached, is clear and all competent judges will come to the same conclusion. However, in many cases there is room for discretion and a judge's background and worldview will make a significant difference in the result. Consider a recent Court of Appeal for Ontario decision.

The glacial pace of the justice system

which in 2011-2012 cost taxpayers $1.595 billion — has been a problem in Ontario for years. In the 1950s and ’60s a trial on a minor offence, such as prostitution, would start the same week the charge was laid — a speed that by today’s standards would probably be deemed unfair to the accused.By 1992, it took an average of 4.3 appearances and 115 days to complete a criminal case. Fifteen years later, those numbers had doubled to 9.2 appearances and 205 days. To begin reversing the alarming upward trend, in 2008 then-attorney general Chris Bentley launched an initiative called Justice on Target, which aimed to reduce, by 2012....The four-year deadline came and went, and the results were mixed. [December 2014-Toronto Star]