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Minister Wilson-Raybould Appoints Deputy Judges to the Territories

November 23, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of 22 Deputy Judges to 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 caliber from diverse backgrounds across the country. Together, they will help our Territories continue their long history of judicial excellence while the Northern Judicial Advisory Committees are reconstituted.

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“I have been working with the Senior Justices of the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut to ensure that they have the support they require while their Judicial Advisory Committees are reconstituted. We hope that the new committees will better represent the diversity of the communities that they serve.”

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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  • Sitting, supernumerary or retired Superior Court Judges, as well as lawyers with more than ten years of experience, can be appointed as Deputy Judges to the Nunavut Court of Justice, the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories and the Supreme Court of Yukon.
  • A Deputy Judge, while in office, has and may exercise and perform all the powers, duties and functions of a judge of that court and any reference to a judge of the court of justice is deemed to include a reference to the Deputy Judge.
  • The Senior Justices of the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut can ask the Minister of Justice to appoint Deputy Judges to their courts.
  • Deputy Judges sit in circuit and can provide whatever support the territorial Superior Courts require.

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