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Alumni named to new advisory board for Supreme Court judicial appointments

August 2, 2016 — 

The federal government has named two alumni from the University of Manitoba to a new board set to identify candidates for the Supreme Court of Canada.

Alumni Jeffrey Hirsch [BA/1983, LLB/1986] and Richard J. Scott [BA/1959, LLB/1963, LLD/2000] have been named to the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments.

The board will be chaired by Kim Campbell, former prime minister, and will review candidates who apply and will submit a shortlist of people for consideration by the prime minister.

“Under the new process, an independent and non-partisan Advisory Board has been given the task of identifying suitable candidates who are jurists of the highest caliber, functionally bilingual, and representative of the diversity of our great country,” said a news release from the prime minister’s office.

“The Supreme Court of Canada is respected nationally and internationally for its excellence—it is recognized as a model of a strong, independent judicial institution. This is due in no small part to a tradition of appointing only the most exceptional and impressive individuals to the court. We are committed to maintaining this tradition—and improving on it—by introducing an open, transparent and non-partisan process that will help ensure that the best, most well-qualified people reflective of Canadian society are named to Canada’s top court,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

More details on the new process can be found on the PMO’s website.


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