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Judicial Complaints Panel

Department

Justice and Public Safety

Authority

Section 20 of the Provincial Court Act, 1991

Remuneration

Subsection 20(6) states that members of the panel shall serve on the panel without payment for their services, but may be remunerated for service as a member of an adjudication tribunal and paid their travel and other expenses associated with the work of the tribunal in accordance with the rates set by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.

Purpose:

Pursuant to section 24 of the Provincial Court Act, 1991, the Chair of the Panel will choose members to sit on adjudication panels to deal with complaints against Provincial Court Judges that have been referred by the complaints review committee.

Structure:

The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint a judicial complaints panel comprising 2 justices of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador nominated by the Chief Justice of the Trial Division; 2 persons who are judges of the provincial court of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island, nominated by the chief judge of the person's court; and 2 persons, who are not Provincial Court judges, judges of another court, retired judges or members of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, to represent the public interest. Notwithstanding the expiry of his or her term of appointment, a member of the panel continues to be a member until he or she is reappointed or replaced.

Competency Profile:

The two public interest members appointed under paragraph 20(1)(c) of the Provincial Court Act, 1991 fall under the authority of the Independent Appointments Commission Act

“2 persons, who are not Provincial Court judges, judges of another court, retired judges or members of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, to represent the public interest.”

Qualifications:

  • Ability to make decisions in a fair and unbiased manner;
  • Have a high degree of integrity;
  • Adhere to high degree of confidentiality;
  • Active listening skills; and
  • Strong communication skills.

Time Commitments:

The Panel meets as workload dictates.

Term:

Members of the panel shall be appointed for a term of 3 years and are eligible for re-appointment. Notwithstanding the expiry of his or her term of appointment, a member of the panel continues to be a member until he or she is reappointed or replaced.

Vacancy Profile:

The Department of Justice and Public Safety is seeking to fill 2 positions to represent the public interest.  Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the board profile.

 

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Douglas, Chief Judge R.A. ChairLieutenant Governor in Council2016-05-122019-05-11
Dugas-Horsman, Judge AnneMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2016-05-122019-05-11
Fry, Madam Justice DeborahSubstituteLieutenant Governor in Council2016-02-082019-02-07
Gardiner, Dr. James MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2011-11-222014-11-21
Goodridge, Justice William H. MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2016-05-122019-05-11
Thompson, Justice Carl R. MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2016-05-122019-05-11
Turpin, Ms. Edna MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2011-11-222014-11-21

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