Superior court judges are accountable for their actions and decisions. Hearings, trials and rulings are open to public scrutiny so that justice is seen to be done, and citizens and the media can discuss and criticize the work of the courts. A judge’s ruling can be appealed to a higher court and, if an error has been made, a new trial will be ordered or the decision will be corrected.
The Canadian Judicial Council, a body of chief justices and associate chief justices from across the country, investigates complaints about the conduct of superior court judges. The Council examines the complaints and their handling, prepares a report and any recommendations, and implements the ensuing actions. Find out more about judicial accountability on the Canadian Judicial Council’s website.
For more information on disciplinary procedures for superior court judges, see sections 59-71 of the Judges Act.