Property rights- Case law

The people of Canada, through their elected representatives, have enacted property laws designed to provide confidence and certainty in matters of real estate ownership. Nevertheless, some court decisions  inject " abracadabra" surprises such that the Land Titles Register now includes and  disguises broken chains of title (bad titles) and other frauds that only a complete and proper title search can detect- see- Can the Title Register be relied upon?

James Morton, a past president of the Ontario Bar Association, writes that in some cases, the law, properly approached, is clear and all competent judges will come to the same conclusion. However, in many cases there is room for discretion and a judge's background and worldview will make a significant difference in the result.  This observation likely holds true for the court  law clerks who do the actual work of preparing case summaries  on which many judges rely. see-'Why Judges' Politics Matters  and see Court Decisions based on Fallacies

On June 23, 2012, writing for the Toronto Sun, lawyer Alan Shanoff posed an interesting question: Who pays when judges screw up? In his words, litigation is unpredictable because, "A witness may fail to appear, or lie, or forget key evidence. The judge may choose not to believe a witness. It's also possible one lawyer may be out-gunned by the other side's lawyer." His follow up question: "But who should be bearing the risks where judges make inexcusable errors?".   Well, since there is presently no judicial accountablity, you bear the risk, 

The following decisions may illustrate this concern.  In some cases  judges respect and uphold the statutes (such ast the Land Titles Act,  Statute of Frauds, Statute of Limitations, etc),  and in some cases the judge's personal views and bias prevail...sometimes to be overturned much later.

These are real life stories that may serve as a cautionary note.