|Editorial Obiter: Gabrielle Giroday|
As of early 2017, there were 57 vacancies for federally appointed judges across Canada.
“It makes it very difficult to get to court, either criminally or civilly,” says René Basque, the CBA’s president.
According to a federal website, there are seven vacancies at Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench and eight at the Supreme Court of British Columbia. There are also nine vacancies at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and six at the Superior Court of Québec.
A spokeswoman for Wilson-Raybould said judicial advisory committees “in the critical jurisdictions will be constituted in very short order.” Change is apparently coming — but first, there is process.
“Since Oct. 20, 2016, the commissioner has received hundreds of judicial applications,” she said.
“All judicial applicants who had applied prior to the implementation of the new process have had to reapply. The applications will be considered by the Judicial Advisory Committees once constituted.”
The CBA, and its members, will no doubt be waiting for news.