Judges jobs in Canada

Salary

216 720 $
This salary is an average estimate between all available diplomas degrees related to this career. Click here to get an overview of salary depending of diploma.
High school diploma or equivalent : 127 270 $
Postsecondary certificate or diploma below bachelor level : 180 470 $
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above : 221 570 $

Career's stability

Stable
The career's stability is based on the employment projection for that working area for the year 2022.

Employment requirements

  • Extensive experience as a lawyer or as a professor of law with continuous membership in the bar association is usually required.
  • Membership in good standing with a provincial or territorial law society or bar association is required.
  • Judges are appointed by federal or provincial cabinets.
  • Those appointed to more senior positions in a court, such as chief justice, usually have experience as judges in that court.

Job overview

Judges adjudicate civil and criminal cases and administer justice in courts of law. Judges preside over federal and provincial courts.

Main duties

  • Preside over courts of law, interpret and enforce rules of procedure and make rulings regarding the admissibility of evidence
  • Instruct the jury on laws that are applicable to the case
  • Weigh and consider evidence in non-jury trials and decide legal guilt or innocence or degree of liability of the accused or defendant
  • Pass sentence on persons convicted in criminal cases and determine damages or other appropriate remedy in civil cases
  • Grant divorces and divide assets between spouses
  • Determine custody of children between contesting parents and other guardians
  • Enforce court orders for access or support
  • Supervise other judges and court officers.

Illustrative example(s)

  • chief justice
  • county court judge
  • Court of Queen's Bench justice
  • district court judge
  • family court judge
  • federal trial court justice
  • provincial court of appeal justice
  • small claims court judge
  • superior court justice
  • Supreme Court justice

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