Constitution of Canada Cover of the Constitution Act, Canada's constitution is its supreme law, and any law passed by any federal, provincial, or territorial government that is inconsistent with the constitution is invalid. In 's Reference re a Resolution to amend the Constitutionthe Court provided three factors necessary for the existence of a constitutional convention: It also found that, while these conventions are not law and are therefore unenforceable by the courts, courts may recognize conventions in their rulings.
Matters under federal jurisdiction include criminal lawtrade and commerce, banking, and immigration. Sections 91 and 92 of the Constitution Act, enumerate the subject matters upon which either level of government federal and provincial may legitimately enact legislation.
Laws passed by the federal government are initially announced in the Canada Gazettea regularly published newspaper for new statutes and regulations.
From time to time, the federal government will consolidate its current laws into a single consolidation of law known as the Revised Statutes of Canada. Laws passed by the provinces follow a similar practice.
The Acts are pronounced in a provincial gazette, published annually and consolidated from time to time. The Revised Statutes of Canada is the federal statutory consolidation of statutes enacted by the Parliament of Canada.
In each Canadian province, there is a similar consolidation of the statute law of the province. They contain all of the major topic areas and most of the statutes enacted by the governments in each province.
These statutes in these provinces do not include criminal lawas the criminal law in Canada is an exclusive jurisdiction of the federal Parliament, which has enacted the Criminal Codewhich is included in the Revised Statutes of Canada. Common law[ edit ] All provinces and territories within Canada, follow the common law legal tradition.
As with all common law countries, Canadian law adheres to the doctrine of stare decisis. For instance, all Ontario lower courts are bound by the decisions of the Ontario Court of Appeal and, all British Columbia lower courts are bound by the decisions of the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
However, no Ontario court is bound by decisions of any British Columbia court and no British Columbia court is bound by decisions of any Ontario court. Nonetheless, decisions made by a province's highest court provincial Courts of Appeal are often considered as " persuasive " even though they are not binding on other provinces.
When there is little or no existing Canadian decision on a particular legal issue and it becomes necessary to look to a non-Canadian legal authority for reference, decisions of English courts and American courts are often utilized. Decisions from Commonwealth nations, aside from England, are also often treated as persuasive sources of law in Canada.
A major difference between U. Tompkinsand this is so taken for granted that the Supreme Court of Canada has never needed to actually rule upon the question.Summary. Canada’s refugee system is regulated mainly by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and consists of the Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program, for refugees seeking protection from outside of Canada, and the In-Canada Asylum Program for person who make their claims from inside the country.
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