Justice Minister Welcomes News of Federal Appointments

The same day the Alberta government announced 10 new positions for the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal, the federal government announced several new appointments to help fill vacant positions. 

“We are very pleased to learn that the federal government has made several new judicial appointments to the Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal in Alberta. We thank the federal Justice Minister, Jodi Wilson-Raybould, for her work on this issue.  This is an example of the co-operative relationship I have built with my federal counterpart. These new justices are extremely important as we work to address the backlog and pressures in Alberta’s court system. However, even with this positive step, we believe Alberta needs more justices, which is why we created 10 new positions. We look forward to continuing to work with the federal government to have these positions filled.”

Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
Quick facts
  • Although provinces can increase the number of justice positions on superior courts, only the federal government has the authority to approve and appoint justices.
  • Updated Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal judicial numbers and vacancies, including the new appointments announced by the federal government on Oct. 20, 2016:

Justice positions

Court of Queen’s Bench

Court of Appeal

As per provincial legislation 77 (includes three previously created positions and nine new positions that have not yet been approved and funded by the federal government) 15
Federally funded 65 14


As per provincial legislation 15 1
Federally funded positions 3 0