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category: Law
published: Nov 2014
ISBN:9781771600316
publisher: RMB | Rocky Mountain Books

Bad Judgment

The Myth of First Nations Equality and Judicial Independence in Canada

by John Reilly

tagged: judicial branch, courts, judicial power, indigenous peoples
Description

During his 33 years as a circuit judge for the Provincial Court of Alberta, John Reilly became interested in aboriginal justice and the failure of the “white” legal system to deliver justice for Aboriginal people. He recognized the harm caused to Native people by Canadian colonialism and the failure of all levels of government, including tribal government, to alleviate their suffering and deal with the conflicting natures of European-style law and indigenous tradition and circumstance.

His first book, Bad Medicine: A Judge’s Struggle for Justice in a First Nations Community, was a Canadian bestseller that sparked controversy and elicited praise nationwide for its honest portrayal of First Nations tribal corruption and the conflict Reilly had become embroiled in. With Bad Judgment Reilly details his battle with the Canadian justice system and the difficulties he faced trying to adapt Eurocentric Canadian law for the benefit of First Nations people across the country.

About the Author

John Reilly is the bestselling author of Bad Medicine: A Judge’s Struggle for Justice in a First Nations Community – Revised & Updated (RMB 2016) and Bad Judgment: The Myths of First Nations Equality and Judicial Independence in Canada – Revised & Updated (RMB 2016). After 33 years in public service, Reilly retired, having become disillusioned with the Canadian criminal justice system and in particular its treatment of aboriginal people. Still publicly active and openly critical about the law, politics and the legal system, he now seeks to challenge people to rethink the true meaning of justice, the need for drastic changes in the criminal justice system in Canada, and the need to change our attitudes towards aboriginal people. John is currently at work on his third book, Bad Law, which will be published by RMB. He lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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