About This Book
My grandfather died at the age of 73, when I was only eight years old, but my memories, affection and interest in him continue.
This is his story.
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
is as true today as it ever was.
Chief Justice Patrick Kerwin speaking at the opening of the Superior Court of Québec Montreal, Québec, 1957.
Canada Today Has a Legal System
in which its people could take great satisfaction. Law is not an exact science, but no stone would be left unturned that could possibly interfere with the best possible determination of the rights of man.
Chief Justice Patrick Kerwin as quoted by the Sarnia Daily Observer, October 25, 1957
Courts are Established to Settle Disputes.
Justice Patrick Kerwin in an address to graduating students, Osgoode Hall, Toronto, 1950.
Students of Law Must be Taught
not merely what the professor knows, but they must be trained to think for themselves.
Historical Society of Ottawa
Coles Billing Bridge
Grace & Wisdom in the media
Deals with the essential creation of Canada’s legal system and the large role Patrick Kerwin played in it. At just 23 he was a full-named Partner and at 55 Chief Justice of Canada.
"...it must be remembered that the law is a jealous mistress and demands of you, and all her devotees, an assiduous devotion to her cause. The common law is not static but develops from era to era...but that changing circumstances require you to seek to apply those principals to altered conditions...." Address to Students, Osgood Hall, Toronto, June 29, 1950.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It carried
and I looked forward to picking it up each time. I learned a lot about
times...and also enjoyed learning about the court system and legal
(e.g., I found your grandfather’s role in the Jehovah Witnesses case so
recognize how you skillfully covered topics
that could have been covered in a way that was wildly
instead you presented things clearly and in a way that engaged the
reader. You illustrated why
Mr. Justice Taschereau said on your grandfather’s passing: “…..it was my
privilege to fully appreciate his great qualities of heart and mind”.Yes, your grandfather’s great heart and mind shone through.
E. Donahue, Ottawa
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