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Judges Act

Version of section 54 from 2023-06-22 to 2024-05-01:


Marginal note:Leave of absence

  •  (1) No judge of a superior court shall be granted leave of absence from his or her judicial duties for a period

    • (a) of six months or less, except with the approval of the chief justice of the superior court; or

    • (b) of more than six months, except with the approval of the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Notification of leave by chief justice

    (1.1) Whenever a leave of absence is granted under paragraph (1)(a), the chief justice of the superior court shall, without delay, notify the Minister and, in the case of provincial or territorial courts, the minister of justice or the attorney general of the province or territory.

  • Marginal note:Notification of leave by Minister

    (1.2) Whenever a leave of absence is granted under paragraph (1)(b), the Minister shall, without delay, notify the chief justice of the superior court and, in the case of provincial or territorial courts, the minister of justice or the attorney general of the province or territory.

  • Marginal note:Report by chief justice of absence

    (2) If it appears to the chief justice of a superior court that a judge of the court is absent from the judge’s judicial duties without the approval required by subsection (1), the chief justice shall report the absence to the Minister.

  • Marginal note:Absentee judge to report

    (3) Whenever a judge of a superior court is absent from the judge’s judicial duties for a period of more than 30 days, the judge shall report the absence and the reasons for it to the Minister.

  • (4) [Repealed, 2017, c. 33, s. 252]

  • R.S., 1985, c. J-1, s. 54
  • 1992, c. 51, s. 24
  • 1996, c. 30, s. 4
  • 1999, c. 3, s. 76
  • 2002, c. 7, s. 194, c. 8, s. 101
  • 2012, c. 31, s. 218
  • 2017, c. 33, s. 252
  • 2023, c. 18, s. 13

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