The purpose of the Complaints Review Committee is to review complaints against Provincial Court Judges. The Committee has the power to:
The Complaints Review Committee also has the power to:
The Complaints Review Committee may summon witnesses and require those witnesses to give evidence, orally or in writing, upon oath or affirmation, and produce the documents and things that either of them considers necessary to the full investigation and hearing of an allegation or complaint and have the powers, privileges and immunities that are conferred on a commissioner appointed under the Public Inquiries Act, 2006.
The Complaints Review Committee is established comprising: the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court, who shall be the chairperson of the committee; a justice of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador chosen by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador; and a person, who is not a Provincial Court judge or a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, appointed by the minister to represent the public interest.
Those who make up the Judicial Council should collectively possess the following core competencies:
Meetings are scheduled by the Chair (Chief Judge) as workload dictates.
The term of office of the members of the committee shall be three years and those members are eligible to serve for additional terms.
The merit-based appointment process administrated by the Public Service Commission will be applied to the position appointed by the Minister.
The remaining two positions will be filled as outlined in the legislation:
Level I for the member representing the public interest. No remuneration for the remaining two members.