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New Brunswick passes controversial judicial residency bill

Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 2:45 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The New Brunswick government has passed into law a constitutionally suspect bill that impacts where federal trial judges can be appointed in the province and gives the cabinet a veto over judges’ requests for transfers.

Brian GallantBill 17 passed third reading and was proclaimed May 5 by the Liberal government helmed by Premier Brian Gallant, notwithstanding calls to scrap it from the Law Society of New Brunswick and Canadian Bar Association (CBA) provincial branch, and warnings from several constitutional experts that the law is likely unconstitutional....