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Fight over N.B. judicial residency could end up going to the SCC

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 @ 3:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The New Brunswick government’s bid for a veto over where federal trial judges live in the province — which affects where judges are appointed and work — could land at the Supreme Court of Canada in a dispute with political overtones and national implications for the administrative independence of the judiciary.

Chief Justice David SmithOver the past year, both the Law Society of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA-NB) have unsuccessfully urged the provincial Liberal government to scrap Bill 17 (formerly Bill 21),...