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Home > Court of Appeal > Judges > Judicial Conduct

Judicial Conduct

Judges are expected to maintain high standards of personal conduct and behaviour, both in court and in public. Anyone who is unhappy with the conduct of a judge of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan can make a formal complaint to the Canadian Judicial Council. However, it's important to first determine whether the complaint is about the decision of a judge or the conduct of a judge.

If someone is unhappy about a decision of a judge, he or she may be able to appeal it to a higher court. He or she should consult a lawyer to discuss legal options. The Canadian Judicial Council is not a court and cannot review a judge's decision.

Judicial Council Authority

If someone is unhappy with a Court of Appeal judge's conduct or behavior, he or she may file a complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC). The Council oversees the continuing education of judges, handles complaints and develops consensus among Council members on issues involving the administration of justice.

The CJC only deals with complaints about federally appointed judges (in Saskatchewan, the Court of Appeal and the Court of Queen's Bench). Matters regarding the conduct of Provincial Court judges should be referred to the Saskatchewan Judicial Council.