Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hearing Date to Be Set Next Month in Supreme Court Appointments Case

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hearing Date to Be Set Next Month in Supreme Court Appointments Case

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Date set in Supreme Court appointments case

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HALIFAX - A court date has been set in the legal battle between Atlantic trial lawyers and Ottawa to ensure the East Coast keeps its traditional seat on the Supreme Court of Canada

Wagners Law Firm says the two sides are scheduled to be in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Oct. 5 to set a date for a hearing.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said regional representation is important, but he won't commit to ensuring the country's top court has a judge from Atlantic Canada as he seeks other kinds of diversity.

The Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association says it is seeking an order from Nova Scotia Supreme Court that would require the federal government to amend the Constitution if it wants to drop regional representation as constitutional convention. …

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