Justice Medal

At CIAJ’s 10th anniversary, in 1984, the Board of Directors established a Justice Medal Award 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.

CIAJ Justice Medal – Call for Nominations 2017 – Printable Details

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The CIAJ Board of Directors invites you to submit your nominations for this year’s Medal Award. The Medal will be presented at the Annual Conference this October in Montreal.

The deadline for nominations is April 28, 2017. Please submit your nominations, pursuant to the Conditions of the Award listed below, to CIAJ’s office as soon as possible.

Eligibility

  • 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 April 28, 2017.
      • 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 non-executive members of the 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 the 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 May 31, 2017, who shall receive the Award. 

Recipients

Year Recipient
2015 The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba
2013 The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada
2011 The Honourable René Dussault, O.C., O.Q., FRSC, Ad. E
2009 The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, formerly at the Supreme Court of Canada
2007 The Honourable Richard Schneider, Ontario Court of Justice
2005 The Honourable Alan B. Gold, formerly Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Quebec
2003 The Honourable Constance R. Glube, Chief Justice at the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and Justice Kenneth M. Lysyk, Supreme Court of British Columbia
2001 The Honourable Horace Krever, formerly of the Ontario Court of Appeal
1999 Professor Ed Ratushny, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
1997 The Honourable Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, Supreme Court of Canada, and Sidney Linden, Chief Justice, Ontario Court of Justice
1995 The Honourable W. David Griffiths, formerly of the Ontario Court of Appeal
1993 The Honourable David C. McDonald, Alberta Court of Appeal and CIAJ’s first executive director
1991 The Honourable G. Arthur Martin, O.C., LL.D., Q.C., formerly of the Ontario Court of Appeal
1989 Dr. W.F. Bowker, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
1987 The Honourable Brian Dickson, former Chief Justice of Canada
1985 The Honourable Jules Deschênes, C.C., C.R., LL.D., M.S.R.C, former Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Québec, was the first recipient of the Justice Medal