PM announces appointment of Justice Moldaver and Justice Karakatsanis to the Supreme Court of Canada

Ottawa, Ontario
21 October 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointments of Mr. Justice Michael J. Moldaver and Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis, both of the Ontario Court of Appeal, to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“Justice Moldaver and Justice Karakatsanis are both highly intelligent, greatly experienced and eminently qualified for their new roles as Supreme Court justices,” said the Prime Minister. “I have every confidence both justices will serve all Canadians faithfully and with distinction.”

On Monday, the Prime Minister announced both Justice Moldaver and Justice Karakatsanis as the Government’s nominees to replace Madam Justice Louise Charron and Mr. Justice Ian Binnie, following their resignations from the Supreme Court earlier this year.

Both candidates were highly recommended to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada following comprehensive consultations with the Attorney General of Ontario, senior members of the Canadian Judiciary, prominent legal organizations and members of the public.

A selection panel, comprised of Members of Parliament from both Government and opposition parties, provided a unanimously approved list of six names for consideration to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice.

Both Justice Moldaver and Justice Karakatsanis appeared at a public ad hoc committee meeting to answer questions from Members of Parliament this week. “I would like to thank all members of the ad hoc committee for their contributions to the process,” added the Prime Minister.

Mr. Justice Moldaver is a recognized expert in criminal law. He was first appointed a trial judge to what is now known as the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 1990 and to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1995.

Madam Justice Karakatsanis is widely recognized for her extensive experience in the Ontario public service. She was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 2002 and to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2010. 

Biographical notes on both candidates can be found at: http://www.fja-cmf.gc.ca/home-accueil/index-eng.html