The process to replace Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella got underway on Friday.
The next judge will have to be from Ontario, where Abella is from. The latter announced her retirement, which will be effective from next July. She has served on the country’s highest court since 2004 after serving as a judge on the Ontario Court of Appeal.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced the members who sit on the Independent Advisory Board on Supreme Court Judicial Appointments, which will be chaired by former Prime Minister Kim Campbell.
She will be surrounded in her work by the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario Erika Chamberlain, by the retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Louise Charron, by the professor at the school of law Osgoode Hall Signa A. Daum Shanks, by the Executive Director of the Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec David Henry, by the lawyer director of Legal Aid of Nova Scotia Jill Perry, as well as by the former city councilor and Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission Beverley Noel Salmon.
Applications to replace Judge Abella must be sent no later than April 2.
“To select the next judge of the Supreme Court of Canada, we are launching an open and independent process that will allow us to find the most exceptional Canadian lawyers and judges, taking into account the regional representation and the diversity of our country” , Trudeau said in a press release.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I also thank Justice Abella, the longest serving member of the Court, for her leadership and for serving with excellence and dedication on our highest court for the past 17 years,” added the Prime Minister.