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date: 17 February 2020

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This chapter sets out the constitutional foundation for courts and administrative agencies in Canada. It examines the constitutional foundations for Canadian courts, including Canada’s constitutional texts; unwritten constitutional principles such as judicial independence, access to justice, and the rule of law; quasi-constitutional statutes such as the Supreme Court Act; and the common law Constitution. The chapter next considers the constitutional foundations for administrative agencies, particularly around the extent to which agencies can implement and are subject to the Constitution. Finally, the chapter situates the discussion of administrative agencies against the backdrop of Canada’s separation of powers, including emerging dynamics flowing from Indigenous self-government.

Keywords: aboriginal law, administrative agencies, administrative law, administrative tribunals, charter values, federalism, judicial independence, rule of law, separation of powers

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