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Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Where can I obtain a copy of the current Judicial Candidate Information Form (application form)?

The current application form is available either by downloading it from the Ontario Courts website at:  www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/jaac/application/ or by contacting the office of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee at JAAC@ontario.ca.  (The downloaded version is MS Word format.)

  1. Do I need to submit the complete Judicial Candidate Information Form (application form) each time I apply to a judicial vacancy?

Yes.  As of August 12, 2020, all candidates are required to submit the current Judicial Candidate Information Form each time they apply to a judicial vacancy.  Applying by short letter within 12 months of submitting the application form is no longer accepted.

  1. If I am applying for more than one judicial vacancy at the same time, how should I submit my application?

You may submit your application form for more than one judicial vacancy in the same email.  In the Subject line of the email, please indicate all of the vacancy locations you are applying for.

  1. Can I submit an application even if there is no advertised judicial vacancy?

No.  Candidates must apply by submitting the current Judicial Candidate Information Form (application form) for each and every advertised vacancy that is of interest to them.  The Committee does not automatically consider applications on file.

  1. How will I know that a judicial vacancy exists?

Advertised vacancies are posted on the Ontario Courts website at:  www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/jaac/judicial-vacancy/.

  1. May I be notified if a judicial vacancy arises?

If you would like to receive e-mail notification of advertised vacancies, go to the Advertisements page of the website and click on the “Subscribe to Vacancy Notifications (via E-Mail)” link on that page.

  1. Should I submit a cover letter to accompany my application form?

No.  The Committee requests that you use only the space provided on the application form and do not attach a separate cover letter.

Other than a sentence indicating the vacancy location(s) you are applying to, and a standard e-mail signature with contact information, do not include a message to the Committee in the body of the e-mail.

  1. Could I add extra pages to the application form if my answer exceeds the space provided?

Applicants are encouraged to use only the space provided.  Please note that your completed application cannot exceed 15 pages, as specified in the application form instructions.

  1. Should the four release forms be included with my application?

One signed copy of each release form should be submitted with your application.  Please note that a signature is required on the Security Release form even if you have nothing to disclose.

  1. Will my application be considered if I submit it on a previous version of the Judicial Candidate Information Form (application form)?

No.  The Committee will not consider applications that are not on the current version of the Judicial Candidate Information Form (application form).  Please note that this policy is strictly enforced as of April 1, 2019.

  1. Will my application be considered if I missed the application deadline?

No.  If your application form is not received by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date, your application will not be considered.

  1. What should I do if I have changes or new information to add to my application form after I have applied for a judicial vacancy?

You should contact the Committee Secretary at JAAC@ontario.ca for instructions.

  1. Why do I have to list the courthouse or tribunal addresses where I regularly appear?

This information is very helpful in assisting the members to go to the right sources when they do background checks on candidates.

  1. Should I identify myself as a member of an equality-seeking group?

It may well assist the Committee in its assessment of your application if you identify any such connection.  The Committee actively encourages applications from candidates whose appointment would serve to reflect the demographic diversity of the community in which they will preside.

  1. Will the Committee consider my application if I do not have 10 years completed membership at the Bar?

No.  The minimum requirement to apply to be a judge in the Ontario Court of Justice is 10 completed years at the Bar of one of the Provinces or Territories of Canada.

  1. Can I provide more than four references as requested in the application form?

No.  The Committee only requires four references, as described on page 11 of the application form.

  1. Could I use a judicial officer as my reference?

Yes, you could include the names of judicial officers if you have their permission to do so.

  1. I had a conviction when I was a young person for which I was granted a pardon. Should I mention it in my application?

Please refer to the Security Release and Disclosure Form and question #7 on page 8 of the application form.

  1. I was advised by the Law Society of Ontario that there is a current complaint against me. Would that prevent me from being considered by the Committee?

If the Committee receives sufficient information that the complaint is frivolous or lacking in foundation, then such a complaint will not be a bar to your being considered and interviewed.  However, the candidate is responsible for ensuring the removal of such a complaint.  The candidate will not be recommended until the complaint has been disposed of.

  1. Should I include in the application copies of my curriculum vitae, reference letters, or any of my publications that might be of interest to the Committee members?

The Committee requests that you do not send in copies of your curriculum vitae, reference letters or additional materials.

  1. How many applications are received for each advertised vacancy?

This information is not given to the applicants or the public

  1. If I am not selected for an interview for a current vacancy, should I continue to apply to future positions?

We encourage applicants to continue to apply to any advertised judicial vacancies that may be of interest to them, should they wish to seek a judicial appointment.

  1. If I was interviewed recently, will I be interviewed for any subsequent openings to which I have applied?

Generally speaking, the Committee does not re-interview candidates who have been interviewed in the previous 12 months.  If you have recently been interviewed, your subsequent applications will be considered based on your previous interview and other information that is available to the Committee members.  However, the Committee may, in its discretion, re-interview where it deems it appropriate.

  1. How many candidates will be interviewed for a particular vacancy?

The number of candidates to be interviewed for a judicial vacancy will normally be a maximum of 16 over a two-day period.  However, the Committee will also consider, in preparing its recommendations, candidates that have been interviewed in the previous 12 months.

  1. What types of questions will be asked at the interview?

Interviewees will generally be asked questions on topics such as, but not limited to, details contained in their applications, current events, social justice issues and challenges confronting the justice system.

  1. After my interview with the Committee, will I be advised of my application status?

No.  Interviewees will not be advised of their status in the selection process..