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Judges Act

Version of section 2 from 2023-06-22 to 2024-04-01:

Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,

age of retirement

age of retirement of a judge or of an associate judge means the age, fixed by law, at which the judge or associate judge ceases to hold office; (mise à la retraite d’office)

associate judge

associate judge means an associate judge of the Federal Court or an associate judge of the Tax Court of Canada and includes a supernumerary associate judge; (juge adjoint)

attorney general of the province

attorney general of the province, except where otherwise defined, means the minister of the Crown of the province who is responsible for judicial affairs; (procureur général de la province)


Commissioner means the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs referred to in section 73; (commissaire)

common-law partner

common-law partner, in relation to an individual, means a person who is cohabiting with the individual in a conjugal relationship, having so cohabited for a period of at least one year; (conjoint de fait)


Council means the Canadian Judicial Council established by subsection 59(1); (Conseil)


county includes district; (comté)


judge includes a chief justice, senior associate chief justice, associate chief justice, supernumerary judge and regional senior judge; (juge)


Minister means the Minister of Justice of Canada; (ministre)


prothonotary[Repealed, 2022, c. 10, s. 333]


survivor, in relation to a judge or to an associate judge, means a person who was married to the judge or associate judge at the time of the judge’s or associate judge’s death or who establishes that he or she was cohabiting with the judge or associate judge in a conjugal relationship at the time of the judge’s or associate judge’s death and had so cohabited for a period of at least one year. (survivant)

  • R.S., 1985, c. J-1, s. 2
  • 1990, c. 17, s. 27
  • 1992, c. 51, s. 2
  • 2000, c. 12, s. 159
  • 2002, c. 8, s. 82(E)
  • 2014, c. 39, s. 316
  • 2017, c. 33, s. 230
  • 2022, c. 10, s. 333
  • 2022, c. 10, s. 371
  • 2023, c. 18, s. 1

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