Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa

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Explore the imposing Supreme Court of Canada, the highest court in the Canadian legal system. Take a free tour to see how the country's judicial system operates and how cases of public importance are dealt with. You can also take the opportunity to sit in on hearings, but be prepared for rigorous security checks upon entry. Plan your visit to Supreme Court of Canada and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Ottawa road trip app.
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  • Guided tour was arranged for the group and it was well done by the tour guide. Worth a visit and learn about our judicial system.  more »
  • If you go behind the supreme court, there is a sitting balcony over the river. It's a great place to see all of the beautiful buildings and parks.  more »
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  • If you happen to be in Ottawa for a few days and you've seen the big attractions like Parliament and the National Gallery, you may want to check out the organized tour of the building of the Supreme Court of Canada. Only a few blocks and a short walk from Parliament on Wellington Street, the much quieter and easy to join tour will appeal mostly to Canadians wanting to know more about their country's justice system, architecture lovers who like big, imposing and handsome buildings and students of law and legal systems.
  • The Supreme Court of Canada is the highest court of Canada, the final court of appeals in the Canadian justice system. The court grants permission to between 40 and 75 litigants each year to appeal decisions rendered by provincial, territorial and federal appellate courts. Its decisions are the ultimate expression and application of Canadian law and binding upon all lower courts of Canada, except to the extent that they are overridden or otherwise made ineffective by an Act of Parliament or the Act of a provincial legislative assembly pursuant to section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the "notwithstanding clause").
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