Supreme Court of Canada Appointment Process - 2021

On February 19, 2021, the Prime Minister of Canada opened the process to select the next justice of the Supreme Court of Canada to fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Madam Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella. (View Prime Minister’s news release)

Under the process used for the first time in 2016, an independent and non-partisan Advisory Board, will again be given the task of identifying suitable candidates who are jurists of the highest caliber, are functionally bilingual, and are representative of the diversity of Canada. The Advisory Board will submit a short list of three to five individuals for consideration by the Prime Minister. The members of the Advisory Board were also announced today.

Justice Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada from the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In recognition of the convention of regional representation, this process will be open to candidates from the province of Ontario. When applying through the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada, candidates should make reference to their bar membership, judicial appointment, or other relationship with Ontario.

The application period ends April 2, 2021.

Please see a message from the Chief Justice of Canada, the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, regarding the Supreme Court of Canada appointments process, by clicking HERE.

More information regarding the process can be found in the following pages.