The Supreme Court of Canada ruled yesterday that provincial
governments will be given a discretionary capacity in deciding Judge’s
pay. The provinces will no longer be forced to follow the
recommendations of independent commissions as long as their reasons
for doing so are rational. The decision is a result of Judges in
various provinces across Canada taking their governments to court for
not following the advice of the aforementioned commissions. Judges
cite various reasons for the necessity of having independently decided
salaries, including the importance of keeping an independant judiciary
free from the allure, or lure, of money. The S.C.C. has decided the
provinces will have some discretion, but cannot stray too far from the
recommendations.

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