Last week, Budget 2017 revealed funding for a new Yukon federally-appointed judge.
“This is something I had been lobbying for some time and I am very happy that the Minister of Finance has ensured this would be possible through Budget 2017,” said the Hon. Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon.
Budget 2017 proposes additional funding of $55 million over five years beginning in 2017-2018 and $15.5 million per year thereafter for 28 new federally-appointed judges. Of these new positions, 12 would be allotted to Alberta and one to the Yukon, with the remaining 15 being assigned to a pool for needs in other jurisdictions.
“Our Government is committed to ensuring that our criminal justice system keeps communities safe, protects victims, and holds offenders to account,” said Mr. Bagnell. “While court delays are not new, I hope this new appointment will help with the backlog in our judicial system and ensure that hearings are done in a timely manner, as it is a right and fair to be tried without undue time lapse to prove your innocence.”
Additionally, to ensure a judiciary that is responsive, ethical and sensitive to the evolving needs of Canadian society, the Canadian Judicial Council will receive $2.7 million over five years and $0.5 million ongoing thereafter. This will support programming on judicial education, ethics and conduct, including in relation to gender and cultural sensitivity.
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