Episode 22: The Intersection of Policing, The Criminal Justice System and Cultural Diversity: How to Ensure a Representative Jury

Diversity, Indigenous Peoples – May 2021

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Episode 22: The Intersection of Policing, The Criminal Justice System and Cultural Diversity: How to Ensure a Representative Jury
Broadcast Date: May 27, 2021


With reference to existing Supreme Court of Canada and appellate jurisprudence (see, eg. R. v. Kokopenace 2015 SCC 28), this session will consider the existing methods and best practices for ensuring a representative jury. It will also look at managing a trial where issues of culture and religion are at the forefront. The panel will address the question of how to properly take account of diversity in managing a jury trial and charging the jury. Is there more that could be done to ensure the impartiality of the jury?

Note: This podcast is an excerpt from CIAJ’s 2017 annual conference, which focused on Cultural and Religious Diversity in the Administration of Justice. The next annual conference, on Indigenous Peoples and the Law, will take place in Vancouver from November 17 to 19, 2021.


  • The Honourable Justice Michael H. Tulloch, Court of Appeal for Ontario

Justice Michael H. Tulloch is a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He was appointed in June 2012. Previously, he was a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice from 2003 to 2012. Justice Tulloch is a graduate of York University and Osgoode Hall Law School. After being called to the Bar, he was appointed an Assistant Crown Attorney for the Central Western Region of Ontario, as well as Toronto. He later worked in private practice and also as a special prosecuting agent for the Department of Justice, Canada. Throughout his judicial career, Justice Tulloch has presided over a wide range of cases in the areas of Criminal, Civil, Constitutional, and Commercial Law, and has participated in a number of reviews and commissions. 


  • Pierre Poupart, Ad. E., Criminal Defence Lawyer, Co-Founder, Poupart, Dadour, Touma et Associés


Reports from CIAJ’s Provincial Roundtables on Jury Representation

In the spring and fall of 2019, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) held provincial roundtables on the topic of systemic barriers to the representation of Indigenous peoples and racialized minorities on juries in Canada. The roundtables took place in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Atlantic Canada respectively. Ontario and Quebec Roundtables were postponed due to the pandemic and shall resume in 2021.

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