Justices of the Peace Remuneration Commission
- Treasury Board Secretariat
- Justices of the Peace Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. J.4, ss. 21.1(2) (opens a new window)
- O. Reg. 319/00 (opens a new window)
The function of the Commission is to inquire into and make recommendations relating to the salaries, pensions, and benefits of Ontario's justices of the peace. After receiving written and oral submissions from the parties, the Commission provides a report and recommendations to the Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet who then submits the report to the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The Lieutenant Governor in Council must provide the Commission with its response to the recommendations no later than six months after the report was submitted. If the Chair of Management Board determines that more than six months is needed to respond, the Lieutenant Governor in Council must give the Commission its response no later than nine months after the report was submitted. The Lieutenant Governor in Council is not bound by the Commission's report, but is to give the report full consideration. The government notifies the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario of the Lieutenant Governor in Council's determinations. The Commission reports to the Chair, Management Board of Cabinet. The Ministry of the Attorney General is responsible for paying the salaries and benefits of justices of the peace.
The Commission is composed of three members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council of which: 1) one person is selected by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO); 2) one person is selected by the Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet; and 3) the chair who is selected jointly by the AJPO and by the Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet. If the AJPO and the Chair of Management Board of Cabinet are unable to agree on the Commission chair, the AJPO or the Chair of Management Board of Cabinet shall request the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice to select the chair from a list provided by the parties.
The term of office for a member of the Commission is four years, and members are eligible for reappointment. Appointments start on October 1. If a vacancy occurs, a replacement is selected by the respective party within thirty days of the vacancy. The Lieutenant Governor in Council appoints the replacement within ninety days after notification for the remainder of the term of the person being replaced.
If the term of office of a member of the Commission expires after a matter is referred to the Commission under section 5 of the regulation for an inquiry but before the Commission has submitted its report respecting the inquiry, and the member is not reappointed, his or her term is deemed to continue, but only for the purpose of completing and submitting the report.
Appointees to the Justices of the Peace Remuneration Commission have their remuneration fixed by the Management Board.