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.