Law Society delivers recommendations on appointment of judges to Supreme Court of Canada

The Law Society of British Columbia has submitted a report to the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould outlining recommended principles for the appointment of Justices to the Supreme Court of Canada. The report, approved by Benchers at their July 8 meeting, sets out four principles that the Law Society views as essential to the process of appointing Justices to the Court: transparency; judicial independence; merit and diversity; and public participation.

The Supreme Court of Canada plays a vital role in maintaining the rule of law and the process by which Supreme Court Justices are appointed directly impacts the public interest. The current process by which candidates are evaluated and selected is largely unknown.

It is the Law Society’s position that incorporating these four principles will enhance public confidence in the Court and in the legal system by ensuring candidates of the highest quality are appointed to the Court. Ultimately, this will promote and protect the rule of law.

See the report and the letter to the Minister.