Minister Wilson-Raybould Appoints Deputy Judges to the Territories
December 19, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice Canada
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced 17 appointments of Deputy Judges of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Supreme Court of Yukon, and the Nunavut Court of Justice.
These appointees are all jurists of the highest calibre from a variety of backgrounds across the country. Together, they will help Canada’s Territories continue their history of judicial excellence.
“The appointment of these Deputy Judges will help to provide access to justice in the North. I am also pleased that, through their experience as Deputy Judges, members of the judiciary will gain knowledge of Canada’s diversity and of the challenges faced by people living in remote communities.”
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Sitting, supernumerary, and retired superior court judges, as well as lawyers with more than ten years of experience, can be appointed Deputy Judges of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Supreme Court of Yukon, and the Nunavut Court of Justice.
While in office, a Deputy Judge has all the powers, duties and functions of a resident judge.
Deputy Judges are called upon to preside over matters in accordance with the needs of the courts. The Northern courts are thereby able to benefit from the expertise, skills, and language abilities of a roster of Deputy Judges from across Canada.
The Minister of Justice identifies candidates for appointment as Deputy Judges in consultation with the Chief Justices of the three Northern courts and with the Chief Justices of the candidates’ “home” courts.
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