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Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee

Overview

Function

The Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Commissioner in Executive Council regarding the appointment of territorial judges. Similarly, the Committee makes recommendations to the Commissioner regarding the appointment of deputy territorial judges.

Jurisdiction

Government of the Northwest Territories

Department Responsible

Department of Justice

Authority

Territorial Court Act (NWT)

Board Composition

Members include the Chief Judge and the next most senior territorial judge; two members appointed by the Law Society of the Northwest Territories; and four people who are neither judges nor lawyers appointed by the Commissioner in Executive Council.

Alternate Members

There are no alternate members.

The legislation does not provide for the appointment of alternate members to the Committee.

Chairperson

The Chairperson of the Advisory Committee shall be the Chief Judge, where he or she is a member.

Vice-Chairperson

There is no Vice-Chairperson.

Quorum

Quorum is five members, including at least three members who are territorial judges or members of the Law Society and two other members.

Appointment Instrument

Members are appointed by the appropriate appointing authority under section 5(3) of the Territorial Court Act (NWT).

Term Duration

A member holds office for a term not exceeding three years. The Chief Judge and the next most senior territorial judge hold office during good behaviour.

Time and Travel Requirements

Members may conduct meetings in person or by way of teleconference.

Remuneration

Historically, members have not received any remuneration for serving on the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee.

Other Considerations

Other than the Chief Judge and next most senior territorial judge, the Law Society of the Northwest Territories and the Commissioner in Executive Council shall recognize the diversity of the population and the gender balance of the Northwest Territories when appointing members.

Current Membership

Position Appointee Term Start Term Expiry Number of Terms Appointed By Nominating Authority
1. Chair The Hon. Christine Gagnon
(Ex-Officio)
2015-10-01 Ex-Officio n/a Ex-Officio
2. Member Judge Robert Gorin 2018-05-09 Ex-Officio n/a Ex-Officio
3. Member
(Law Society)
Karen Lajoie 2018-04-01 2021-03-31 1st term Law Society of the Northwest Territories
4. Member
(Law Society)
Jill Andrews 2018-04-01 2021-03-31 1st term Law Society of the Northwest Territories
5. Member (Vacant - 3 year term) Commissioner in Executive Council
6. Member (Vacant - 3 year term) Commissioner in Executive Council
7. Member (Vacant - 3 year term) Commissioner in Executive Council
8. Member (Vacant - 3 year term) Commissioner in Executive Council

(Board details as of Aug 17, 2019)