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50th Anniversary

Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court

On June 1, 1971, at 10 am EST, the first sitting of the Federal Court of Canada began.

This first hearing was jointly presided by Chief Justice Wilbur Jackett and Associate Chief Justice Camilien Noël. Upon its creation, the Federal Court of Canada was established with two divisions — Trial and Appeal. In 2003, the two divisions formally split into two separate courts: the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court.

Fifty years later, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court are commemorating the foundation of the first Canadian bilingual, bijural and itinerant court.

 

The 50th Anniversary Logo

To commemorate this important event, a unique logo was created:

 

The two arcs represent the national, bilingual and bijural Courts. The interruption within the lines represents their accessibility. Finally, the logo points ahead, looking to the future.

Speeches

June 1, 2021 — Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court (Official Ceremony)
October 1, 2021 — Launch of the Federal Courts’ 50th Anniversary Book

News

For information about the 50th Anniversary events, please contact: media-fct@fct-cf.gc.ca.

 

50th Anniversary Book Events Memories

 

The Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court: 50 Years of History

Editors: Martine Valois, Ian Greene, Craig Forcese and Peter McCormick 

 

 

The Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court are unique among Canada’s courts because they are itinerant — they hear cases in all parts of the country — as well as being bilingual and bijural. This book was prepared for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Federal Courts in 2021.

The authors present a brief history of these courts and their predecessor — the Exchequer Court of Canada — and an overview of the Courts’ jurisdiction, decision-making trends, and unique attributes. There are chapters on each of the Courts’ specialties — administrative law, immigration and refugee law, intellectual property, security and intelligence, Indigenous issues, the environment, admiralty, labour and human rights, and tax. Chief Justice Noël and Chief Justice Crampton each contribute a chapter. The preface is by Justice Frank Iacobucci and the epilogue by Justice Robert Décary.

Eminent scholars Martine Valois, Ian Greene, Craig Forcese and Peter McCormick, who co-authored the book, were granted full academic freedom for the subjects of their research and chapters. They chose to include chapters on the jurisdiction of each of the two courts and also examined the courts’ roles in the Canadian judicial system, the rules pertaining to their administration and their bijural and bilingual nature. They also sought the participation of other academics who wrote their own respective chapter.

In the preface, the Honourable Frank Iacobucci writes:

I wish to commend and congratulate the authors and editors for the superb commentaries they have written; taken together, they represent collective scholarship of high calibre and as such are a fitting tribute to the celebration of the last fifty years of the Federal Court.

 

The book is available in English or in French.

English version by Irwin Law Inc.

French version by Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal.

 

 

 

 

Delving into the Courts: Three Webinars

The Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court, with the assistance of the National Judicial Institute, are hosting a series of free webinars in conjunction with the publication the book released in the fall of 2021.

Four panelists will explore the contents of the book and specific jurisdictions, followed by a 30-minute question period with the unique opportunity of obtaining answers from experts from the academic and practice spheres, and especially, members of each of the two Courts.

The law societies of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Québec and Saskatchewan recognize the webinars as Continued Professional Development. They are eligible for substantive hours in Ontario. Members of the bar in the other provinces and territories may consider including the webinars as a learning activity in an annual mandatory CPD Plan.

Simultaneous interpretation will be available for all webinars and each will include a segment in French.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Webinar 3: Intellectual Property

Friday, December 10, 2021 – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Chair:

The Honourable George R. Locke, Federal Court of Appeal

Panelists:

  • The Honourable Michael D. Manson, Federal Court
  • Prof. Jeremy de Beer, University of Ottawa
  • Ms. Judith Robinson, Senior Consultant, Fineberg Ramamoorthy LLP

 

50th Anniversary Conference

June 27-29, 2022

Chateau Laurier, Ottawa

Details will follow.

 

Remembering the 50th Anniversary

On June 1, 2021, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court held a joint virtual event to mark 50 years of history.

The celebration included speeches by Chief Justice Noël of the Federal Court of Appeal, and Chief Justice Paul Crampton of the Federal Court. There was also special montage of images and documents and the Courts’ illustrious characters from to 1875 to the modern era.

 

OFFICIAL CEREMONY

 

SPECIAL MONTAGE

(EXCERPT FROM CEREMONY)

 

 

Speech by Chief Justice Marc Noël

Federal Court of Appeal

 

Speech by Chief Justice Paul Crampton

Federal Court

 

Launch of the Federal Courts’ 50th Anniversary Book

Friday, October 1, 2021 – 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET (via Zoom)

(RECORDING TO BE POSTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE)

Welcome Remarks:

Chief Justice Marc Noël, Federal Court of Appeal

Chief Justice Paul Crampton, Federal Court

Opening Address:

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci

Moderator:

Justice Johanne Gauthier, Federal Court of Appeal

Panelists:

  • Martine Valois, Associate Professor, Université de Montréal
  • Ian Greene, Professor Emeritus, York University
  • Craig Forcese, Full Professor, University of Ottawa
  • Peter McCormick, Professor Emeritus, University of Lethbridge

 

Webinar 1: Immigration

Friday, October 29, 2021 – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

(RECORDING TO BE POSTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE)

Chair:

The Honourable Alan Diner, Federal Court

Panelists:

  • The Honourable Mary J.L. Gleason, Federal Court of Appeal
  • Prof. Martine Valois, Université de Montréal
  • Mr. Lorne Waldman, Larlee Rosenberg

 

Webinar 2: National Security

Friday, November 26, 2021 – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Chair:

The Honourable Yves de Montigny, Federal Court of Appeal

Panelists:

  • The Honourable Catherine M. Kane, Federal Court
  • Prof. Craig Forcese, University of Ottawa
  • Mr. Gordon N. Cameron, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

 

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