Justice minister announces 24 new judges in effort to end national shortage

After months of criticism for not acting fast enough to appoint much-needed judges across the country, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced 24 judicial appointments Thursday. 

“We have moved to fill urgent judicial vacancies by drawing on existing lists of recommended candidates,” the minister said in a statement. “The government is confident in the outstanding quality of these appointees and their dedication to delivering just outcomes for Canadians.”

In making her announcement Wilson-Raybould said that Judicial Advisory Committees, which assess candidates for the bench and make recommendations to the minister, will remain a part of judicial appointments process — but the process will be reformed in a number of ways.

  • Going forward the committees will be “re-constituted” to better reflect the diversity of Canada. 
  • The committees will get more independence.
  • There will be an open selection process for members who represent the general public.

All future appointments will be made under this new selection process, excluding appointments to the Supreme Court of Canada, which are made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from a list of vetted candidates.  

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