My Thoughts on the Canadian Legal System
Coming back from the United Kingdom after completing my Law Degree, I was fortunate enough to have an unique perspective of the different legal systems around the world. Most notably, I am able to identify the differences in the UK and Canadian legal systems. It should come at no surprise that the Canadian law system was founded on the principles of English law. In fact, many of the core principles in Canadian law are derived from the English law system. The challenge that comes when attending law school in the UK, is being able to identify and differentiate between the subtle differences in both law systems. At face value, it may seem that both are identical, but in many aspects they are quite different.
This of course stems from the fact that the Canadian law system has many laws that coincide with statutes such as the Criminal Code of Canada. The law system in England is different in that they have different statutes and legislation that are followed. Even more important to realize is that in the UK, law is subject to interpretation from the European Court of Justice. The reason for this is because as some of you will know, the UK is a member of the European Union. Countries who are members of the European Union are subject to the laws enacted by this political body. In fact, European Union law is supreme law when it is all said and done. This can obviously create much disparity and confusion for many citizens as it creates a grey area into what powers State side members actually have. I will discuss this further in a future article.
When it comes to the Canadian law system, many people are quick to point out that the system does not deliver swift and fair justice. Do I agree with the notion that the Canadian law system is perfect? Of course I do not agree. Agreeing with that notion would be ludicrous. I do however feel that the law system Canada has, is for the most part, much more efficient in its process than many other legal systems around the world. Many people fail to realize that law and the court process is all part of a series of steps and procedures. For example, you may get a speeding ticket that you wish to challenge by attending trial. What many people fail to realize in this process is that there are thousands of people like you who are also challenging their speeding ticket. Each case has to be reviewed and this takes time. Everything at the end of the day comes down to a process. Canadians are impatient and believe that justice should be served quick and effectively. This is simply just not the case and impossible to do so. Part of the problem is the way the court process takes place but the other part is the way the legal system has been set up.
Instead of focusing on the negatives, some of the positives include the fact that we as citizens are fortunate to have the right to fair trial and the presumption of innocent until proven guilty on our side. In many countries, these basic human rights are not even warranted. There is a lot of room for improvement but if you were to ask me what legal system I would want to be subject to, I would tell you without a doubt, that the Canadian and English law systems are my two choices.
By Chris Fredericks
Want success? Hard work and determination will get you there.
I woke up this morning thinking about everything I have achieved and everything that is left for me to do in my life. One thing that I have come to realize is that life is a continuous cycle of learning and doing. You are never too old to learn something new. It is extremely important to always “exercise” your mind by reading, participating in new activities, and exploring the world whenever possible. Our time on this planet is short and we should make the most of it.
Create a Résumé that Stands Out
The importance of your résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV) as it is called in Europe is extremely high. Many people when they make their résumé usually use one of the standardized templates from Microsoft Word or Pages from Apple. The main problem with this approach is that I feel it does not make you stand out from your competition.
Don’t get me wrong. Using the Word résumé templates are perfectly fine. However, if you want to stand out from the competition, the best strategy to use is to create a unique template that is reflective of not only your personality but your academic and work experience. By doing this, it will catch the employers’ attention and at the very least take another more detailed look at your résumé.
Taking the time to create your own unique template tells potential employers a great deal about you. For starters, it shows how committed you are to getting hired and the steps you are willing to take to get there. Employers love a person who shows determination and creativity. Creating a unique résumé also shows potential employers that you are not lazy. By taking the time to create something that is different will tell employers that you will do more than the bare minimum to get what you want.
Along with a unique look to your résumé, I must stress that it is extremely important that you ensure proper grammar and no spelling mistakes. If employers see spelling mistakes throughout your résumé, you will come across as lacking attention to detail and lazy. It will also show employers that you do not respect them nor respect the job application process. You must ensure there is no spelling mistakes or bad grammar.
By following the strategy discussed above, your chances of getting hired improve. Depending solely on your academic credentials is simply not enough these days. Employers want to see how efficient and determined potential prospects may be and the look and structure of your résumé helps display that. So it is important that you put a lot of care into making your résumé.By Chris Fredericks