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Refining The Reasonable Apprehension Of Bias Test: Providing Judges Better Tools For Addressing Judicial Disqualification, Jula Hughes, Dean Philip Bryden Apr 2013

Refining The Reasonable Apprehension Of Bias Test: Providing Judges Better Tools For Addressing Judicial Disqualification, Jula Hughes, Dean Philip Bryden

Dalhousie Law Journal

Despite a considerable amount of litigation concerning judicial impartiality, the Canadian "reasonable apprehension of bias" test for judicial disqualification has remained fundamentally unaltered and is well accepted in the jurisprudence. Unfortunately, the application of the test continues to generate difficulties for judges who need to use it to make decisions in marginal cases. Based on previously published doctrinal and empirical research, the goal in the present contribution is to suggest modifications to the test that will better explain the existing jurisprudence and make it easier for judges to understand when recusal is or is not necessary in marginal cases. The …