Sir LOMER GOUIN:
The Circuit Court
of Montreal is a division of the Superior Court of the province of Quebec; it is a special court for the district of Montreal. The jurisdiction which is given to these four judges represents a population of nearly a million people. In the other districts the administration of justice in the circuit jurisdiction is carried out by the judges of the Superior Court. The statistics show that in the district of Montreal these four judges have to decide more cases than all the judges of the Superior Court in the other districts. Their present salary is $5,500, and that of the Chief Justice is $6,000. We propose to give an increase of $1,500 to the three puisne judges and an increase of $2,000 to the Chief Justice. When the increase was given to the judges of the Superior Court in 1910 or 1911, these circuit court judges were so much re-
Judges Act Amendment
garded as judges of the Superior Court that it was assumed they would get the increase, and the result was that they were forgotten. They tried to have the error corrected later on, but they only obtained an increase of some $1,500. Since that time they have been asking that they be given proper treatment, and it is only after the receipt of resolutions from the bar of the province of Quebec and from the whole population of the district of Montreal that we bring down this resolution, which is, I think, only just, providing for a fair remuneration of these judges.
Subtopic: JUDGES ACT AMENDMENT