PART IICanadian Judicial Council (continued)
Constitution of the Council (continued)
Marginal note:Objects of Council
Marginal note:Powers of Council
(2) In furtherance of its objects, the Council may
(a) establish conferences of chief justices and associate chief justices;
(b) establish seminars for the continuing education of judges, including seminars on matters related to sexual assault law and social context, which includes systemic racism and systemic discrimination;
(c) make the inquiries and the investigation of complaints or allegations described in section 63; and
(d) make the inquiries described in section 69.
Marginal note:Seminars related to sexual assault law
(3) The Council should ensure that seminars on matters related to sexual assault law established under paragraph (2)(b)
(a) are developed after consultation with persons, groups or organizations the Council considers appropriate, such as sexual assault survivors and persons, groups and organizations that support them, including Indigenous leaders and representatives of Indigenous communities; and
(b) include, where the Council finds appropriate, instruction in evidentiary prohibitions, principles of consent and the conduct of sexual assault proceedings, as well as education regarding myths and stereotypes associated with sexual assault complainants.
- R.S., 1985, c. J-1, s. 60
- 1992, c. 51, s. 26
- 2002, c. 8, s. 105
- 2021, c. 8, s. 2
Marginal note:Meetings of Council
Marginal note:Work of Council
(2) Subject to this Act, the work of the Council shall be carried on in such manner as the Council may direct.
(3) The Council may make by-laws
(a) respecting the calling of meetings of the Council;
(b) respecting the conduct of business at meetings of the Council, including the fixing of quorums for such meetings, the establishment of committees of the Council and the delegation of duties to any such committees; and
(c) respecting the conduct of inquiries and investigations described in section 63.
- R.S., c. J-1, s. 30
- R.S., c. 16(2nd Supp.), s. 10
- 1976-77, c. 25, s. 15
Marginal note:Employment of counsel and assistants
62 The Council may engage the services of such persons as it deems necessary for carrying out its objects and duties, and also the services of counsel to aid and assist the Council in the conduct of any inquiry or investigation described in section 63.
- R.S., c. 16(2nd Supp.), s. 10
- 1976-77, c. 25, ss. 15, 16
- 1980-81-82-83, c. 157, ss. 16, 17(F)
Marginal note:Report — seminars
62.1 (1) Within 60 days after the end of each calendar year, the Council should submit to the Minister a report on the seminars referred to in paragraph 60(2)(b) on matters related to sexual assault law and social context, which includes systemic racism and systemic discrimination, that were offered in the preceding calendar year. The report should include the following information:
Marginal note:Tabling of report
(2) The Minister shall cause a copy of any report received to be tabled in each House of Parliament on any of the first 10 days on which that House is sitting after the Minister receives the report.
Inquiries concerning Judges
63 (1) The Council shall, at the request of the Minister or the attorney general of a province, commence an inquiry as to whether a judge of a superior court should be removed from office for any of the reasons set out in paragraphs 65(2)(a) to (d).
(2) The Council may investigate any complaint or allegation made in respect of a judge of a superior court.
Marginal note:Inquiry Committee
(3) The Council may, for the purpose of conducting an inquiry or investigation under this section, designate one or more of its members who, together with such members, if any, of the bar of a province, having at least ten years standing, as may be designated by the Minister, shall constitute an Inquiry Committee.
Marginal note:Powers of Council or Inquiry Committee
(4) The Council or an Inquiry Committee in making an inquiry or investigation under this section shall be deemed to be a superior court and shall have
(a) power to summon before it any person or witness and to require him or her to give evidence on oath, orally or in writing or on solemn affirmation if the person or witness is entitled to affirm in civil matters, and to produce such documents and evidence as it deems requisite to the full investigation of the matter into which it is inquiring; and
(b) the same power to enforce the attendance of any person or witness and to compel the person or witness to give evidence as is vested in any superior court of the province in which the inquiry or investigation is being conducted.
Marginal note:Prohibition of information relating to inquiry, etc.
(5) The Council may prohibit the publication of any information or documents placed before it in connection with, or arising out of, an inquiry or investigation under this section when it is of the opinion that the publication is not in the public interest.
Marginal note:Inquiries may be public or private
(6) An inquiry or investigation under this section may be held in public or in private, unless the Minister requires that it be held in public.
- R.S., 1985, c. J-1, s. 63
- 1992, c. 51, s. 27
- 2002, c. 8, s. 106
Marginal note:Notice of hearing
64 A judge in respect of whom an inquiry or investigation under section 63 is to be made shall be given reasonable notice of the subject-matter of the inquiry or investigation and of the time and place of any hearing thereof and shall be afforded an opportunity, in person or by counsel, of being heard at the hearing, of cross-examining witnesses and of adducing evidence on his or her own behalf.
- R.S., 1985, c. J-1, s. 64
- 2002, c. 8, s. 111(E)
Report and Recommendations
Marginal note:Report of Council
Marginal note:Recommendation to Minister
(2) Where, in the opinion of the Council, the judge in respect of whom an inquiry or investigation has been made has become incapacitated or disabled from the due execution of the office of judge by reason of
(a) age or infirmity,
(b) having been guilty of misconduct,
(c) having failed in the due execution of that office, or
(d) having been placed, by his or her conduct or otherwise, in a position incompatible with the due execution of that office,
the Council, in its report to the Minister under subsection (1), may recommend that the judge be removed from office.
- R.S., 1985, c. J-1, s. 65
- R.S., 1985, c. 27 (2nd Supp.), s. 5
- 2002, c. 8, s. 111(E)
Effect of Inquiry
Marginal note:Leave of absence with salary
(2) The Governor in Council may grant leave of absence to any judge found, pursuant to subsection 65(2), to be incapacitated or disabled, for such period as the Governor in Council, in view of all the circumstances of the case, may consider just or appropriate, and if leave of absence is granted the salary of the judge shall continue to be paid during the period of leave of absence so granted.
Marginal note:Annuity to judge who resigns
(3) The Governor in Council may grant to any judge found to be incapacitated or disabled, if the judge resigns, the annuity that the Governor in Council might have granted the judge if the judge had resigned at the time when the finding was made by the Governor in Council.
- R.S., 1985, c. J-1, s. 66
- R.S., 1985, c. 27 (2nd Supp.), s. 6
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