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December 16, 2004

Legislation to Harmonize Federal Legislation with Civil Law Receives Royal Assent

December 15, 2004

Supreme Court Decision on Civil Marriage and the Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Unions

Decision of the Supreme Court of Canada on the Marriage Reference

Minister of Justice to Visit the Middle East

December 14, 2004

Government of Canada Welcomes Parliamentary Review of Anti-Terrorism Act

Backgrounder: Parliamentary Review of the Anti-Terrorism Act

December 10, 2004

Manitoba Judicial Appointment

Quebec Judicial Appointments

December 9, 2004

Civil Marriage and the Legal Recognition of Same-sex Unions

December 6, 2004

Statement from the Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler Upon the 15th Anniversary of the Tragic Events at Montreal's École Polytechnique

December 3, 2004

Government Of Canada Renews Commitment To Fund New Drug Treatment Courts

December 2, 2004

New Offences Targeting Terrorist Hoaxes Come Into Effect

November 30, 2004

The Government of Canada Responds to the Second Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission Report

Backgrounder: Judicial Compensation and Benefits Process

Government Response to the 2003 Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission

November 26, 2004

British Columbia Judicial Appointments Announced

November 22, 2004

Minister Of Justice Appoints Part-Time Commissioner Of The Law Commission Of Canada

Second National Study Shows Fewer Aboriginal Youth In Custody


One-Day snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody Across Canada: Phase II

November 19, 2004

Ontario Judicial Appointments

Federal Judicial Appointment

November 17, 2004

Address by Irwin Cotler, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Main Estimates

November 16, 2004

Minister Cotler Seeks to Improve Disclosure in Criminal Justice System


Disclosure Reform Consultation Paper

Statement by Minister of Justice on Restorative Justice Week 2004

November 5, 2004

Final Report of the Conference "Access to Justice in both Official Languages : English and French before Federal Courts"

Considering how it is eager to further the progress of access to justice in both official languages before federal courts, the Department of Justice organised in April 2003 a conference in partnership with the Commissioner of Official Languages and the Canadian Centre for Management and Development, inviting representatives of federal courts to question the status of the use of English and French in their respective proceedings. The Final Report is now available on the Web Site of the Canada School of Public Service.

November 1, 2004

New Measures to Strengthen Enforcement of Drug-Impaired Driving


Strengthening Drug-Impaired Driving Investigations

Government of Canada Introduces Cannabis Reform Legislation


Cannabis Reform Bill

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Featured Government of Canada Sites

International Volunteer Day International Volunteer Day
December 5th, International Volunteer Day, is officially recognized by the United Nations as a day to celebrate the contributions of volunteers around the world, and encourage others to get involved.
Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security
The Government needs the help and support of Canadians to make its approach to security effective.
The Evolution of Human Rights in 20th Century Canada Human Rights in Canada: A Historical Perspective
The Canadian Human Rights Commission Web site on the evolution of human rights in 20th Century Canada.



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