RATResponsibly Accountable TacitRUNSResponsibly Unaccountable Nuances SchematicsAttorney General, guardian of the public interest
(1)The Attorney General for Ontario shall serve as the guardian of the public interest in all matterswithin the scope of this Act or having to do in any way with the practice of law in Ontario or the provision of legal services in Ontario, and for this purpose he or she may at any time require the production of anydocument or thing pertaining to the affairs of the Society. R.S.O. 1990, c. L.8, s. 13 (1); 1998, c. 21, s. 7 (1);2006, c. 21, Sched. C, s. 13.
(2) No admission of any person in any document or thing produced under subsection (1) is admissible inevidence against that person in any proceedings other than proceedings under this Act. R.S.O. 1990, c. L.8,s. 13 (2); 1998, c. 21, s. 7 (2).
Protection of Minister
(3) No person who is or has been the Attorney General for Ontario is subject to any proceedings of theSociety or to any penalty imposed under this Act for anything done by him or her while exercising thefunctions of such office. R.S.O. 1990, c. L.8, s. 13 (3); 1998, c. 21, s. 7 (3).
Responsibility for Court Administration (s. 5(c))
A key component of the Attorney General's responsibilities to ensure the administration of justice in the province isthe administration of the courtsand as a resultthe responsibility for maintaining liaison with the judiciary.Given
the fundamental importance
independence of the judiciary,
the responsibility for courts administration is often a very sensitive and delicate issue.Great care and respect
for the principles
of judicial independence
be exercised in this area.The ancient concept of
rule of law
can be distinguished from
rule by law,
according to political science professor Li Shuguang:"The difference....is that, under the rule of law,