Judges moving justice forward

We are connected with shared values of our society and equipped with the necessary tools to protect and strengthen our democracy. In this way, we encourage the lifelong learning of judges and implement ways for them to improve the efficiency and quality of judicial services.

Providing lifelong learning

Our mission

In order to improve the administration of justice, we support the ongoing judicial education of judges. This approach is initiated to enable federally appointed judges to practice their profession to the best of their ability and with the greatest integrity and empathy.

Professional Development

Upholding the highest ethical standards

Our mission

Judges are the link between Canadians and their justice system. To maintain this link of trust, judges must adopt and uphold the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. Staying informed, inclusive and free of prejudice is an ongoing process, that’s why we have provided them with guidelines to help them better understand the challenges faced by all and to make the right decisions.

Highest standards of conduct

Protecting judicial independence for Canadians

Our mission

The Council ensures that Canadians will be heard by impartial and independent federally appointed judges. This is called "judicial independence." Judges must be totally immune to any attempt to influence their decisions. The Council ensures that Canadians understand the principles of judicial independence and strives to preserve it.

Independence of judges

Fostering public confidence through increased transparency

Our mission

Transparency is an essential ingredient to ensure public confidence in our legal system.

By creating links between the justice system, judges and Canadians, we are proud of the transparency of the communications, processes and operations that are implemented. We also provide all judges with the guidelines, tools and best practices to help guide their work.

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Welcome Message from the Chief Justice of Canada

Every day, in court rooms across this country, justice is at work. Guiding much of that work are judges whose main focus is to protect and enhance Canadians’ respect for the rule of law. As Chief Justice of Canada, I have the honour of chairing the Canadian Judicial Council. Together with the Chief Justices and Associate Chief Justice of Canada’s Superior Courts, the Council works everyday to foster public confidence. Council is focused on promoting lifelong learning for judges, protecting judicial independence, and ensuring all judges exhibit the highest ethical standards and conduct. Underpinning this work is Council’s commitment to transparency. It is with these goals in mind that this website was developed. Together, we are judges moving justice forward.

Filing a complaint

If you have concerns about the conduct of a federally appointed judge, you can submit a written complaint about the judge in question. We are committed to carefully assessing each complaint, and we can assure you that the Council will consider all aspects of your complaint: your point of view, that of the judge and the interest of the public.
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