Changes to the Judicial Appointment Process

Omar Ha-Redeye was interviewed in the Law Times on the judicial appointment process,

Omar Ha-Redeye, founder and chair of the Lawyers for Representative Diversity is leading discussions with the government on the issue.
“Governments come and go, but diversity in Canada is a permanent issue. Diversity itself is an issue of skill and merit. If there is little understanding of the social context of the law, you will not be a very good judge, he says.
Ha-Redeye is calling for every new judge from 2016 to have had some type of experience or contact with racialized groups. “It is no longer optional. You can do additional training for existing judges, but every new judge must have it.” he says.

On Oct. 20, 2016, the Federal government announced the new process for the Superior Court appointment process, which include increasing diversity on the Judicial Advisory Committees (JACs), providing additional training to JACs members, and collecting/publishing demographic information on applicants and appointees.

All three of these elements were the primary changes called for by Lawyers for Representative Diversity.