What is the Rule of Law?
The core value of the Rule of Law is to set a governance that is equal to all. Accountability, and how the government enacts laws is to be in an open and transparent manner. It is important that laws are known, clear and are applied equally to all persons. The law will govern the actions of private persons, the government, and their relationships to each other. It is of vital importance the courts will apply the law independently of political or outside influences.
How does the Rule of Law impact you!
There must be equality under the law. Some vital aspects are that every person is innocent until proven guilty and you have the right to obtain legal representation. It is vital that your lawyer represent you to the highest standards under the Law. You are entitled to a trial by a jury of your peers, who are unbiased to the circumstances of your case.
Learn about the Charter of Rights & Freedoms versus the Bill of Rights!
The first 10 amendments to the federal constitution, all of which were adopted in 1791, are generally referred to as the Bill of Rights. (This needs to be reviewed and revised to reflect the changes in society). The Canadian Charter or Rights and Freedoms is the equivalent to US Bill of Rights.
How does the United States Bill of Rights differ from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?
The Charter is a much broader human rights law. It also has greater power because it applies to both federal, provincial laws and actions. And unlike the Bill of Rights, the Charter is part of the Constitution — the highest law of the land. (There must be transparency for all persons in any country, ease of accessibility to resources and guidance with respect to procedures under the Rule of Law!