“Ensuring judges reflect the diversity of Canadian society will contribute to maintaining and increasing confidence in the administration of justice. I am very pleased that events such as the one I hosted today may encourage outstanding individuals from diverse communities to consider applying for judicial appointment.”
The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
In 2016, the Government of Canada introduced reforms to the superior court’s judicial appointments process aimed at reinforcing public confidence through openness, increased transparency and accountability, and by promoting diversity and gender balance on the bench.
Judicial Advisory Committees (JACs) are at the heart of the appointment process. They assess all applications for judicial appointment, and forward their recommendations to the Minister of Justice.
In 2016, the Government reconstituted all JACs in order to make them more representative of the diversity of Canada. A public application process for the Public Representative positions was launched, and diversity and unconscious bias training was developed.
Since November 2015, more than 390 judges have been appointed at the superior court level. Of these, more than half are women. The number of judges who are Black and racialized or Indigenous individuals has steadily increased.
This is the third Judicial Diversity forum hosted by the Department of Justice with two previous in-person sessions taking place in Toronto and Edmonton in 2018.