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Assessment criteria, candidates for Federal Judicial Appointment

The following list of factors, though not exhaustive, is intended to provide a basis for assessing the suitability of candidates for judicial appointment.

Professional Competence & Experience (While courtroom experience is an asset, it is only one of many factors which may be considered in assessing a candidate’s suitability for the role of judge.)

  • general proficiency in the law
  • intellectual ability
  • analytical skills
  • ability to listen
  • ability to maintain an open mind while hearing all sides of an argument
  • ability to make decisions
  • capacity to exercise sound judgement
  • reputation among professional peers and in the general community
  • area(s) of professional specialization, specialized experience or special skills
  • ability to manage time and workload without supervision
  • capacity to handle heavy workload
  • capacity to handle stress and pressures of the isolation of the judicial role
  • interpersonal skills - with peers and the general public
  • awareness of racial and gender issues
  • bilingual ability

Personal Characteristics

  • sense of ethics
  • patience
  • courtesy
  • honesty
  • common sense
  • tact
  • integrity
  • humility
  • punctuality
  • fairness
  • reliability
  • tolerance
  • sense of responsibility
  • consideration for others

Potential Impediments to Appointment

  • Any debilitating physical or mental medical condition, including drug or alcohol dependency, that would be likely to impair the candidate’s ability to perform the duties of a judge 
  • Any past or current disciplinary actions or matters against the candidate
  • Any current or past civil or criminal actions involving the candidate
  • Financial difficulties including bankruptcy, tax arrears or arrears of child support payments

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