The Supreme Court of Canada has nine justices - the Chief Justice of Canada and eight puisne (lower ranking) justices. The justices are chosen by the governor in council, in effect the Prime Minister of Canada. Justices are chosen from superior court judges or from barristers with at least ten years standing at the Bar of a Canadian province or territory. Justices are appointed until they retire or reach the age of 75, however can be removed for cause before that time.
|Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada|
Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin
(Chief Justice of Canada)
|2000||Supreme Court of BC|
|Mr. Justice Louis LeBel||2000||Quebec Court of Appeal|
|Madam Justice Rosalie Abella||2004||Ontario Court of Appeal|
|Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein||2006||Federal Court of Appeal|
|Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell||2009||Nova Scotia Court of Appeal|
|Mr. Justice Michael Moldaver||2011||Ontario Court of Appeal|
|Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis||2011||Ontario Court of Appeal|
|Mr. Justice Richard Wagner||2012||Quebec Court of Appeal|
|Mr. Justice Marc Nadon*||2013||Federal Court of Appeal|
*Justice Nadon has stepped aside until a legal challenge to his appointment is resolved.