Trudeau announces nomination of Sheilah L. Martin to Canada`s Supreme Court
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, today announced the nomination of Sheilah L. Martin to the Supreme Court of Canada.
First appointed as a judge in 2005, Justice Martin served on the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Calgary until June 2016 when she was appointed as a judge of the Courts of Appeal of Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. She has also served as a Deputy Judge for the Supreme Court of Yukon since 2009. Throughout her thirty-year career, she has maintained a strong focus on education, equality rights and increasing the number of under-represented groups in law schools and the legal profession, including Indigenous Peoples. For her service, Justice Martin has been recognized with many awards, including the Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship, the Law Society of Alberta’s Certificate of Merit, and the YWCA’s Advancement of Women Award.
On December 4, 2017, the members of the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights will participate in a special committee hearing during which the Minister of Justice and the Chair of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments (Advisory Board) will explain the selection process and the reasons Justice Martin was nominated.
As part of the government’s commitment to openness and transparency, members of the House’s Justice and Human Rights Committee and the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee – as well as representatives of the Bloc Québécois and the Green Party – will be invited to take part in a questions and answers session with the nominee, which will be moderated by a law professor on December 5, 2017.
This nomination will fill the vacancy left following the retirement of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin on December 15, 2017, and is the second nomination under the Government of Canada’s new Supreme Court selection process, which promotes greater openness, transparency, and accountability.
“I am pleased to announce the nomination of Justice Sheilah L. Martin to the Supreme Court of Canada. I am confident that, with the wealth of experience she has gained over a distinguished thirty‑year career, she will be a valuable addition to the Supreme Court, an institution well respected in Canada and around the world for its strength, independence, and judicial excellence.” – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada