For Lawyers and Judges

The work of Council is guided by established procedures and policies, by-laws and other legal resources, accessed here.

Review Procedures

All complaints made against federal judges are reviewed in accordance with the Review Procedures.

Inquiries and Investigation By-laws and Policies

On conduct matters that may warrant further inquiry, a complaint may be referred to a Panel or a Public Inquiry Committee. The Canadian Judicial Council Inquiries and Investigation By-laws provide formal direction to these activities. Additional policies to add clarity to certain aspects of Inquiry Committees have also recently been adopted.


Jury Instructions

Council is also active in drafting instructions for use by judges in communicating with juries on important matters. Model Jury Instructions can be accessed here.

If you are looking for information on:

Appointments to the Bench

Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada
Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada

Judicial Education

National Judicial Institute
National Judicial Institute