2016: Recent Developments in Administrative Law

The most interesting administrative law decisions of the past year once again highlight the increasingly complex standards of review analysis and the disagreement amongst the judiciary about which standards apply and how to apply them. Other important decisions involve the law governing solicitor-client privilege and the Charter, and areas such as procedural fairness and standing continue to raise interesting questions. In addition, the Trinity Western line of cases, as well as the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Groia, address fundamental issues relating to the provision of legal education and the regulation of the legal profession in Canada.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION

II. STANDARDS OF REVIEW

III. STANDING

IV. PROCEDURAL FAIRNESS

V. DISCLOSURE AND PRIVILEGE

VI. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW, THE CONSTITUTION AND THE CHARTER

VII. A MISCELLANY OF OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

VIII. CONCLUSION

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