In 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada imposed a constitutional obligation on provincial governments to use an independent commission process to set the compensation for judicial officers, including justices of the peace. An independent Justices of the Peace Compensation Commission was established in 2021 under Alberta’s Judicature Act to review and recommend the appropriate level of compensation for Alberta justices of the peace for the period April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2025.

The Justices of the Peace Compensation Commission reviews and recommends changes in compensation every four years. This includes salary rates and types and kinds of benefits and allowances. Justices of the peace handle a wide range of matters in hearing offices and traffic court.

The commission is holding a public hearing Feb. 8 and Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, at the Edmonton Law Courts building at 1A Sir Winston Churchill Square. The commission may permit oral submissions during the two-day hearing.

Written submissions regarding compensation for justices of the peace will be accepted until Jan.11 by email to [email protected] and should include whether the submitter wishes to make an oral submission. The commission may require a person who has filed written submissions to attend the hearing and respond to questions.

All written submissions received will be posted online.

Quick facts

  • Public submissions to the commission should include name, mailing address, email address and telephone number.

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