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category: Social Science
published: Aug 2019
ISBN:9781771601962
publisher: RMB | Rocky Mountain Books

Bad Judgment – Revised & Updated

The Myths of First Nations Equality and Judicial Independence in Canada

by John Reilly

tagged: indigenous studies, lawyers & judges, judicial power
Description

This revised and updated edition looks at the future of the Canadian legal and political systems as they relate to this country’s indigenous communities.

During John Reilly’s more than 30-year career with the Provincial Court of Alberta he became interested in how the Canadian judicial system dealt with Indigenous societies. He saw the failure of the “white” legal system to do justice for First Nation peoples, the harm caused to them by Canadian colonialism, and the failure of all levels of government, including tribal leadership, to alleviate their suffering and deal with the conflicting natures of European-style law and Indigenous tradition and circumstance.

As a result, Judge Reilly vowed to improve the delivery of justice to the Indigenous people in his community, and he used his perceived power as a jurist to positively influence their lives. Along the way he came into direct conflict with Canadian judicial administration and various questionable leaders among the echelons of both Canadian and First Nation governments. With the latest news and updates related to the ongoing struggle, Bad Judgment tells the story of this conflict and the impact it had upon Reilly’s opinion of his country, his chosen profession and the future of Indigenous justice in Canada.

About the Author

John Reilly was appointed to the bench at age 30 and had the distinction of having been the youngest Provincial Court Judge in Alberta history. At age 50 he made a promise to himself that he was going to improve the delivery of justice to the Stoney Nakoda First Nations at Morley, Alberta. After 35 years in public service, Reilly retired in 2012. He lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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