In October 2016, the Government of Canada reformed the judicial appointment process to make it more merit based, transparent, and responsive to the diversity of Canadian society. The independent Judicial Advisory Committee for British Columbia evaluates judicial applications, submitting a list of “highly recommended” and “recommended” candidates for consideration by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada invites candidates to apply for federal judicial appointment. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as the judiciary should reflect the diversity of the society it serves.
By January 1, 2018, we anticipate that the following judicial positions will arise in British Columbia:
- Three (3) vacancies on the Court of Appeal for British Columbia; and
- Eleven (11) vacancies on the Supreme Court of British Columbia, including
- Seven (7) in Vancouver,
- Two (2) in Kelowna,
- One (1) in Chilliwack, and
- One (1) in New Westminster.
Note that the locations of the Supreme Court positions are subject to change, prior to being filled, at the discretion of Chief Justice Hinkson. The minimum requirement to apply for federal judicial appointment is ten (10) years completed membership at the bar of a Canadian province or territory. Consistent with the Judges Act, members of the Law Society of British Columbia, masters and registrars, and judges of the Provincial Court of British Columbia are eligible to apply for federal judicial appointment in British Columbia.
Pre-existing pools of judicial candidates were disbanded as of October 20, 2016.
All applicants must submit nine (9) copies of the new Questionnaire for Federal Judicial Appointments (current version – October 2016). This application will be valid for a period of two (2) years commencing from the date of evaluation by the Judicial Advisory Committee. After this date, a candidate must reapply for continued
Judges of the Supreme Court of British Columbia who wish to be appointed to the Court of Appeal are encouraged to write directly to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. They are asked to provide a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing, in detail, their qualifications for appointment to the Court of Appeal.
If you wish to apply, if you require a Questionnaire, or if you would like further information, please consult the website of the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs. You may also call the Commissioner’s Office at 613-992-9400 or 1-877-583-4266 (toll free). All completed applications must be sent, either by courier, mail or hand delivery, to:
Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada
99 Metcalfe Street, 8th Floor
Ottawa ON K1A 1E3