The functions of the judicial council are to:
The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint to the judicial council 4 members as follows: a bencher of the Law Society of Newfoundland who shall be nominated by the benchers of the law society; 2 persons nominated by the minister; and the president of the judges' association. The chief judge, by virtue of the office, shall be a member of the judicial council and shall be the council's chairperson.
Those who make up the Judicial Council should collectively possess the following core competencies:
Meetings are scheduled by the Chair (Chief Judge). Council members may, at times, be required to work long hours for extended periods of time.
Members shall serve for 3 years during good behaviour; and unless dismissed for lack of good behaviour, shall continue to hold office until he or she is reappointed or a new member is appointed.
The merit-based appointment process administrated by the Public Service Commission will be applied to the two positions nominated by the minister.
The remaining three positions will be filled as outlined in the legislation:
the chief judge, by virtue of the office, shall be a member of the judicial council and shall be the council's chairperson.