By the Court

By the Court

Anonymous Judgments at the Supreme Court of Canada

Law and Society

by Peter McCormick and Marc D. Zanoni

Published by: UBC Press

268 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 14 tables, 5 charts

  • ISBN: 9780774861724
  • Published: March 2020


Any court watcher knows that the Supreme Court of Canada delivers some of its major constitutional judgments in a “By the Court” format. This transformative approach abandons the common law tradition of attributing decisions to individual judges. By the Court is the first major study of these unanimous and anonymous decisions and features a complete inventory, chronology, and typology of these cases. Peter McCormick and Marc Zanoni explore the origins, purposes, and potential future of “By the Court,” framing this practice as uniquely Canadian, and the most dramatic form of a modern style that highlights the institution and downplays individual contributions.