Council plays an important role in Canada's justice system.

While its role in reviewing complaints about possible judicial misconduct is key to preserving the public's confidence in their judiciary, Council is involved in many other interesting and important initiatives.

Much of the work of Council is carried out through a committee structure that may include Chief Justices, other judges, and even experts and other partners in the legal, private and media sector. These committees help Council provide leadership and support to the judiciary. Some committees are permanent, standing committees; others deal with specific issues or particular questions.

The committees may review policies, make recommendations and set guidelines to help judges and the justice system to be efficient, accessible, and accountable. They may conduct research, author a Council publication, or collaborate on special projects.

Below is a list of Council's current standing committees. The work of the committees is directed in large part by a priority setting exercice in which all Council members participate.:

  • Executive Committee
  • Judicial Conduct
  • Judicial Education
  • Nominating
  • Public Information
  • Study Leave

Council may also undertake its time sensitive work through ad hoc committee & other fora.