Justice Medal

About the Justice Medal

At CIAJ’s 10th anniversary, in 1984, a Justice Medal Award was inaugurated by the Board of Directors to be awarded every second year as a mark of exceptional achievement to a person who, in the opinion of the CIAJ, has shown distinctive leadership in the administration of justice in Canada, or by his or her writings or other endeavors, has made a significant contribution to the administration of justice in Canada.

The Medal was not awarded in 2021 due to the pandemic.

2022 Justice Medal: Recommend a candidate!

The CIAJ Board of Directors invites you to submit your nominations for the 2022 Medal Award. The Medal will be presented at the 2022 Annual Conference on Dignity, which will take place in Halifax and online. Eligibility requirements are described below.

CIAJ Justice Medal – Call for Nominations 2022 – Print Version [PDF]


  • September 15, 2022. Please submit your nominations, pursuant to the Conditions of the Award listed below, to CIAJ’s office as soon as possible.


  • No member of the search committee is eligible for the Award nor any present member of the CIAJ Board of Directors who holds executive office is eligible for the Award.
  • Activities in furthering the CIAJ should not be considered as a main reason for the Award. Nevertheless, this might be considered as a supporting or subsidiary factor where a person was nominated primarily for his or her other achievements in or contributions to the administration of justice in Canada.

Conditions of the Justice Medal Award

    • All nominations for the Award shall be made over the signature of at least two nominators.
    • All nominations must be received by the Executive Director, no later than September 15, 2022.
    • Each nomination shall be accompanied by a full description of the work and achievements of the nominee which, in the opinion of the nominators, qualifies the nominee for the award, together with such supporting evidence as the nominator may wish the committee to consider.
    • The Executive Director shall refer all such nominations received by CIAJ to the search committee:
      − Every other year before December 31, the Executive Committee is to appoint a search committee consisting of not more than 5 members of CIAJ;
      − The search committee is to prepare a list of at least 2 and not more than 5 nominees who meet the eligibility requirements. The list is to be submitted to CIAJ’s Executive Committee;
      − The Executive Committee is to select the recipient of the Justice Medal from among the nominees on the list prepared by the search committee.
    • No award shall be made if, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, no nominee meets the above conditions.
    • A nomination may be resubmitted for consideration in a subsequent year.
    • The Executive Committee shall decide on or before September 30, 2022, who shall receive the Award. 
  • Recipients

    • Year Recipient
      2021 The Medal was not awarded due to the pandemic.
      2019 Professor Emeritus John McCamus (Ontario) and The Honourable Patrick J. LeSage (Ontario)
      2017 The Honourable Thomas A. Cromwell (SCC)
      2015 The Honourable Murray Sinclair (Manitoba)
      2013 The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin (SCC)
      2011 The Honourable René Dussault (Quebec)
      2009 The Honourable Frank Iacobucci (SCC)
      2007 The Honourable Justice Richard D. Schneider (Ontario)
      2005 The Late Honourable Alan B. Gold (Quebec)
      2003 The Late Honourable Constance R. Glube (N.S.) and The Late Honourable Kenneth M. Lysyk (BCSC)
      2001 The Honourable Horace Krever (Ontario)
      1999 Professor Ed Ratushny (Ottawa)
      1997 The HonourableClaire L’Heureux-Dubé (SCC) and The Honourable Sidney Linden (Ontario)
      The Honourable W. David Griffiths (Ontario)
      1995 The Honourable W. David Griffiths (Ontario)
      1993 The Late Honourable David C. McDonald (Alberta)
      1991 The Honourable G. Arthur Martin (Ontario)
      1989 Dr. W.A. Bowker (Alberta)
      1987 The Late Honourable Brian Dickson (SCC)
      1985 The Late Honourable Jules Deschênes (Québec)