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Vacancy for appointment
Provincial Judicial Appointment Review Advisor Panel
The appointment of judges to the Bench of the Provincial Court is fundamental to the quality of justice in New Brunswick. The Minister of Justice and Public Safety is responsible for recommending candidates to the Lieutenant-Governor in Council for appointment as judges of the Provincial Court in accordance with the Provincial Court Act. The Minister oversees the selection process and may select persons for appointment who have been screened by the Provincial Judicial Appointment Review Advisors.
Provincial Judicial Appointment Review Advisors are responsible for reviewing application packages for candidates for appointment to the Provincial Court. Review Advisors must consider the professional and other qualifications of each candidate and may consult others in the constituency they represent to these qualifications. Candidate assessments are completed on an individual basis and Review Advisors do not meet as a committee.
The mandate of the Provincial Judicial Appointment Review Advisor Panel (the Panel) is to review application packages for candidates for appointment to the Provincial Court. The role and composition of the Panel is established, and appointments are made in accordance with The Judicial Appointments’ Review and Consultation Process policy of the Department of Justice and Public Safety.
There are nine (9) Provincial Judicial Appointment Review Advisors on the Panel, with representation from the bench, the bar and the general public as follows:
- one nominee of the Law Society of NB;
- one nominee of the provincial branch of the Canadian Bar Association;
- one nominee of the Association des juristes d’expression française du N.-B.;
- one puisne judge of the Court of Appeal nominated by the Chief Justice of NB;
- one puisne judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench nominated by the Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench;
- one Provincial Court judge nominated by the Provincial Court Judge’s Association;
- one nominee of the NB Criminal Defence Lawyers Association; and
- two nominees of the Minister of Justice, representing the general public.
Candidates for appointment to the Provincial Court are also interviewed by a committee composed of the Chief Justice (or a former Chief Justice) of New Brunswick, the Chief Judge and Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court, a senior member of the Bar and one of the Review Advisors nominated by the Minister of Justice and Public Safety.
Current position to be filled:
The Department of Justice and Public Safety is currently seeking to fill two vacancies and is accepting expressions of interest from qualified candidates who would like to be appointed as a nominee of the Minister as a Provincial Judicial Appointment Review Advisor. One of the two individuals will also sit on the interview panel. Expressions of interest are invited to fill these positions but may also be used to fill future vacancies.
Ministerial nominees must be persons capable of representing the public interest. They cannot be practicing lawyers. Candidates recommended for appointment must:
- be fluent in New Brunswick’s both official languages;
- be a resident and familiar with geographic regions of the province;
- demonstrate independence and sound judgment; and,
- have a reputation for honesty, integrity and fairness.
Desirable skills/experience includes:
- Critical analysis;
- Listening skills; and,
Experience or a background in human resources would be an asset.
Evaluations are done throughout the year, with interviews typically done in the Fall. However, additional interviews may be scheduled.
The Minister’s nominees will be reimbursed for expenses incurred while participating on the interview panel, in accordance with the Government of New Brunswick’s Travel Policy AD-2801.
Expressions of interest (a resume and cover letter) may be submitted by e-mail or regular mail, with details of education, volunteer, board/committee, work experience, and contact information (telephone, civic address and e-mail). In addition, please complete the application form.
While we appreciate the interest of those who submit an expression of interest, only those candidates selected for consideration will be contacted. Inquiries relating to specific opportunities can be made after the deadline passes and should be directed to the responsible department.
Justice and Public Safety
Attention: Lynn McKeen
PO Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
Deadline for Submission :
11 May 2021
Type of Appointment :
Review Advisors are appointed for a two-year term and are eligible for reappointment for an additional term of two years.
Associated / Responsible Department :Justice and Public Safety
E-mail address for submissions :