Justin Trudeau outlines selection process for new Supreme Court justices

The way Supreme Court of Canada justices are selected is about to change, and the new selection process could leave Atlantic Canada without a jurist on the top court.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the application process will be open so any qualified Canadianlawyer or judge who is functionally bilingual and "representative of the diversity of our great country" can apply for the top court.

Former prime minister Kim Campbell will chair the new independent advisory board that will recommend candidates.

Trudeau announced the board will review applicants and submit a short list of three to five individuals for consideration. The board's recommendations are non-binding.

The short list will then be reviewed by a list of interested parties, including the chief justice of Canada, provincial and territorial attorneys general, relevant cabinet ministers, opposition justice critics and some House of Commons committees.

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