The Judicial Compensation Act requires that an independent commission be appointed every three years to consider and report on all matters respecting the remuneration, allowances and benefits of judges and judicial justices.
The 2016 Judicial Compensation Commission was appointed in March 2016 and delivered its final report to the Attorney General on October 28, 2016. The Judicial Compensation Act requires the Attorney General to table the report in the Legislative Assembly during its next session and for the Assembly to vote on the report’s recommendations within a specified time.
Amendments were made to the Act in 2015 that merge the Judges Compensation Commission and the Judicial Justices Compensation Commission into a single Judicial Compensation Commission with responsibility for making recommendations respecting both groups of judicial officers. The amendments also updated the criteria the commission must consider when formulating its recommendations.