The Minister of Justice has requested that the Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission, undertake an inquiry on the following specific matter: the effects on the adequacy of federal judicial compensation and benefits, if any, of an amendment to the Judges Act that would stop the accrual of pensionable service for any judge whose removal from office has been recommended by the Canadian Judicial Council.
The Commission welcomes comments from the public. Parties wishing to comment on the matter must file their submission no later than July 18, 2019. Directions for doing so can be found on the Commission’s website at http://www.quadcom.gc.ca/ under the heading Notices and Rulings.
This is the first time that the Minister has initiated an inquiry outside the full compensation review process that occurs every four years.
The next comprehensive inquiry will begin on June 1, 2020.
The Commission consists of three members appointed by the Governor in Council. One member is nominated by the judiciary, and in the case of this Commission that member is Mr. Peter Griffin. The second member is nominated by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. In this instance, that member is Ms. Margaret Bloodworth. These two members together nominated Mr. Gil Rémillard to act as the Chair of the Commission.
The Commission must submit a report containing its recommendations to the Minister of Justice no later than October 31, 2019.