CBA Statement on the Nomination of Justice Malcolm Rowe to the SCC

  • October 17, 2016

The Canadian Bar Association greets today’s announcement of the nomination of Justice Malcolm Rowe of the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“The CBA welcomes the nomination of Justice Rowe as the first Supreme Court of Canada nominee from Newfoundland and Labrador in the Court’s history,” says CBA President RenĂ© Basque of Moncton.   

Today’s announcement means that the Supreme Court will soon be operating at its full complement of nine justices.

The CBA was pleased to contribute to the new process to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court. The process includes open applications, publicized selection criteria and an advisory committee with a broad range of stakeholders.

The CBA recognizes the need to balance many important merit qualities in its Supreme Court of Canada appointments including diversity, linguistic ability, perspective and expertise on Indigenous law, and regionalism.

“Looking to the future, we urge the government to maintain this balance in Supreme Court nominations,” says RenĂ© Basque.

The CBA looks forward to a continuing collaboration with the government on the nomination process to the highest court.

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