Provincial Court Judges' Salaries and Benefits Tribunal: July 7 deadline for input

The Provincial Court Judges Salary and Benefits Tribunal is seeking public input until July 7 on compensation paid to judges.

Find complete details on the Department of Justice website.

This Tribunal, established pursuant to the Provincial Court Act, will hold hearings at 1690 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on July 28, 2016 commencing at 9:30 am, to consider the following issues:

  1. The appropriate level of salaries to be paid to judges of the Provincial Court and the Family Court, including the chief judge and the associate chief judge of each court;
  2. The appropriate level of per diem payments made to judges for presiding in the Provincial Court or the Family Court where those judges are not receiving salaries;
  3. The appropriate vacation and sick-leave benefits to be provided to judges of the Provincial Court and the Family Court;
  4. Pension benefits, long-term disability benefits or salary continuation, life insurance and health and dental benefits for judges of the Provincial Court and the Family Court and the respective contributions of the Provinces and the judges for such benefits; and
  5. Other non-discretionary benefits for judges of the Provincial Court and the Family Court.

The Tribunal will make recommendations to be effective April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020.

When making recommendations, the Tribunal is required to take into consideration several factors. These are found within Section 21E(3)of the Provincial Court Act and include the constitutional law of Canada and the need to maintain the independence of the judiciary; the need to attract excellent candidates for appointment; the unique nature of the judges' role; comparison to judicial compensation packages in other jurisdictions in Canada, including the federal jurisdiction; the economy of the Province, cost of living and growth or decline in real per capita income in the Province; and the nature of the jurisdiction and responsibility of the court.

Previous Reports of the Tribunal and a summary of the current salaries and benefits for Provincial Court Judges are available at:

Written submissions on all or any of the above relevant issues are invited from interested persons or groups. Five copies of such written submissions must be received by the Tribunal at the address noted below by 4:00 pm, July 7, 2016.

Representatives of the Provincial Judges’ Association and the Minister of Justice will be providing written and oral submissions to the Tribunal. Members of the public who wish to attend the hearing must register with the Tribunal in writing on or before July 15, 2016, at the below address. Registered attendees must arrive at the hearing location by 9:00am to check in with the Commissionaire.

Professor Bruce P. Archibald QC, Chair
Provincial Court Judges’ Salary and Benefits Tribunal
Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law
6061 University Ave.
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4H2