Supreme Court of Canada Appointment Process - 2017 (Appointment of the Honourable Sheilah Martin)
On December 18, 2017, the Prime Minister announced the appointment of the Honourable Sheilah Martin to the Supreme Court of Canada (view Prime Minister's press release, December 18, 2017). This followed the new and improved process whereby an independent and non-partisan Advisory Board identified suitable candidates for appointment to the court. Any qualified Canadian lawyer or judge from Western Canada or Northern Canada could apply to fill the vacancy on the court through the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs. (See Prime Minister's press release, July 17, 2017)
The seven-member Advisory Board was tasked with reviewing candidates and submitting a shortlist of three to five individuals for consideration by the Prime Minister.
To enhance transparency, the report of the Advisory Board, the assessment criteria guiding its work, the questionnaire that all applicants had to answer, and certain answers provided to the questionnaire by the Prime Minister’s eventual nominee were all made public and can be found in the following pages.
Table of Contents
- The Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments
- Members of the Advisory Board
- The Honourable Sheilah Martin's questionnaire
- Terms of Reference of the Advisory Board
- Qualifications and Assessment Criteria
- How to Apply and Instructions
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact Persons for Candidates
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