OTTAWA, Dec. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced 13 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 Deputy Judges enriches our justice system on many levels. It allows the superior courts in the Territories to draw upon the talents and expertise of a roster of experienced judges. By the same token, it exposes judges from across Canada to the unique challenges and rewards of delivering justice in the Territories."
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.
- Deputy Judge Appointments for the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Supreme Court of Yukon, and the Nunavut Court of Justice.
SOURCE Department of Justice Canada
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