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System flaws still ‘fixable’ says minister

Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

After facing criticism from both the Senate and Canada’s top judge for not appointing judges with due dispatch, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould recommitted to fixing the politicized federal judicial appointment system that has left some vacancies unfilled for months or even years.

“I absolutely believe it’s fixable — we are undertaking to do just that,” Wilson-Raybould told The Lawyers Weekly Aug. 12, the day after Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin denounced the “perpetual crisis” in filling superior court vacancies under the present government...