Fifth Session, Thirty-Ninth Legislature
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THE PROVINCIAL COURT AMENDMENT ACT (SENIOR JUDGES)
(Assented to )
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
The following is added after section 6.4 and before the centred heading "JURISDICTION":
A retired judge who advises the Chief Judge of his or her availability for judicial duties may be designated as a senior judge.
When, in the opinion of the Chief Judge, an additional judge is required to conduct the business of the court, the Chief Judge may assign a senior judge for judicial duties.
A senior judge must take the oaths or affirmations that are required under subsection 4(1) before undertaking any judicial duties.
The Chief Judge must not assign a senior judge to judicial duties if the remuneration of the senior judge for performing those judicial duties would have the effect of exceeding, for the government's fiscal year, an amount equal to the annual salary of one judge or the annual salaries of the number of judges prescribed in the regulations.
A senior judge is subject to the authority of the Chief Judge and has the powers, authority and jurisdiction of a judge appointed under section 3.
The following provisions apply, with necessary changes, to a senior judge:
(a) section 6 (continuing or rehearing matters in certain circumstances);
(b) Part IV (complaints about judicial conduct);
(c) section 71 (exemption from liability);
(d) section 72 (partisan political activities forbidden).
A senior judge must not engage in any remunerative occupation that is inconsistent with the office of judge.
For each full day of performing judicial duties, a senior judge shall be paid a per diem amount that is equal to the annual salary of a judge appointed under section 3, divided by the annual number of sitting days of the court, as specified in the regulations. For each half day or less, a senior judge shall be paid one-half of the per diem amount.
A senior judge is entitled to be reimbursed for expenses in respect of his or her services as a senior judge, in accordance with the regulations.
Section 75 is amended by adding the following after clause (b):
(b.1) for the purpose of subsection 6.5(4), prescribing the number of judges;
(b.2) for the purpose of subsection 6.5(8), specifying the annual number of sitting days of the court;
(b.3) for the purpose of subsection 6.5(9), respecting the expenses for which a senior judge may be reimbursed and governing the allowable amounts for those expenses;
This Act comes into force on a day to be fixed by proclamation.
This Bill amends The Provincial Court Act to allow the Chief Judge to designate retired judges as senior judges. Senior judges will conduct the business of the court at the request of the Chief Judge.