About the Canadian Judicial Council
The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) was created in 1971 by the Canadian Parliament to maintain and improve the quality of judicial services in Canada's superior courts. In a constantly changing world, the CJC gives Canadians a judicial system based on modern practices, in keeping with the values of our society.
To ensure that Canadians have access to effective, consistent and fair judicial services, we have been working since 1971 to improve their quality. Day after day, these services are provided by more than 1100 federally appointed judges.Learn more
Who we are
The Council has 44 members. It is chaired by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Right Honourable Richard Wagner. The Chief Justices and Associate Chief Justices of the Canadian superior courts represent the Council.Learn more
We recognize the important role judges play within society, and as such, we are committed to the principles which guide the work we do, the decisions we make and the way we work together. See how our Principles for collaboration provide guidance on how Council members can best work together to successfully deliver on our mandate and core purpose.Learn more
Message from the Chief
Under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, federally nominated Chief Justices and Associate Chief Justices of Canadian superior courts make up the Council and work together to improve the Canadian justice system.Read the message