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Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • The Canadian Judicial Council was created by Parliament so that Canadians could express their concerns about the conduct of federally appointed judges;
  • The fact that complaints are reviewed only by the judiciary makes it difficult to be completely impartial when considering the ethical misconduct of a colleague;
  • Some studies have called into question whether it is possible to be completely independent when reviewing complaints, given professional ties;
  • The behaviour of a judge is based on one interpretation of the code of ethics, and it would be important to apply multiple perspectives to adequately determine the admissibility of a complaint;
  • There is a lack of civic participation in the admissibility and consideration of complaints from the public regarding federally appointed judges;
  • It is impossible to appeal the decision to an independent body; and
  • It is important to ensure the quality of the judicial system.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to reform the Canadian Judicial Council by:
1. Putting in place a joint committee, with both citizen representatives and judicial representatives, responsible for studying the admissibility of complaints filed and following up;
2. Making the appointment process transparent for citizen representatives on the various committees of the Canadian Judicial Council;
3. Creating an appeal procedure for the committee responsible for reviewing complaints;
4. Planning a procedure to transparently and regularly review the work—and conduct—of each judge every five years.

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