Daly praises Rothstein’s ability to tackle ‘heavy lifting’ at SCC

Supreme Court Justice Marshall Rothstein says he “struggled” with striking down Canada’s assisted suicide law this year as well as with other “difficult” cases the court confronted during his more than nine years there.

The 74-year-old Manitoban confessed in an exclusive interview with The Lawyers Weekly he would “probably” remain a judge but for looming mandatory retirement.

“I agree with it for everybody else, but me,” he joked ahead of his departure Aug. 30 (he has six months to finish his reserved judgments, and sign on to other appeals he heard). From there, he plans to do what most other vigorous Supreme Court retirees do: join a law firm, give legal opinions, do arbitrations and, if asked, handle the occasional public inquiry.

This content has been updated on October 23, 2015 at 19:31.