From managing a demanding workload, to contending with some exceptionally challenging cases, 2019 marked a year of some interesting trends at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Last year the Court handled its workload with speed and efficiency, averaging 15.8 months between the date of filing a leave to appeal and the judgment a reduction from 2018’s average of 17-months. Supreme Court judges also contended with some challenging cases, including the 7-2 Vavilov trilogy which after a year of judicial toil culminated in a new framework for standard of review.

In terms of trends, the SCC saw the fewest leaves to appeal granted and rendered the highest number of judgments from the bench in more than a decade. Eugene Meehan, Q.C. weighs in on these issues in this recent The Lawyer’s Daily article.