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CBA urges feds to fill judicial vacancies

Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 7:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Canadian Bar Association is asking Ottawa to facilitate emergency stopgap measures — such as the use of more deputy or part-time judges — to relieve the growing delays and backlogs caused in part by the chronic shortage of full-time Superior Court judges.

CBA president René Basque spoke out this month to try to ramp up public pressure on the Trudeau government to “immediately” fill 57 vacancies (as of Jan. 5, 2017), as well as create and fund the new federal judgeships the governments of Alberta...