Judges must make decisions based on the law and the facts of the case before them. Their decisions must not be influenced by politics, personal or religious beliefs, or outside relationships.
In Canada all judges are appointed, not elected. They must be experienced lawyers before being considered for appointment and will also receive special training after their appointment.
Judges ensure that both sides get a fair opportunity to present their case and act as an independent and impartial decision-maker.
There are special judicial councils set up to investigate and deal with complaints about judges.
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