The Supreme Court of Canada has been criticized by human rights groups and a few lawmakers for its decisions over the past decade, and its future in Canada.
The court is scheduled to retire in 2024.
In 2016, a group of Canadians called the Canadian Council of Canadians asked the federal government to appoint a special judge to consider whether to remove the court from the Supreme Courts of Canada.
On Friday, a judge on the Supreme Judicial Court, David Bernhardt, announced that he will appoint a replacement to the court.
“The Court of Appeal has been the focus of a great deal of public debate for a number of years,” Bernhardt said.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Judge David Bernhardson as the next member of the Court of Appeals.”
Bernhardt is the second federal judge to be appointed to the Supreme court.
The previous appointment was by a judge appointed by the then-prime minister, Stephen Harper.
On March 23, 2015, Bernhardt’s predecessor, Justice John Diefenbaker, announced his retirement after nine years on the bench.
Bernhardt has been in his current role since March 2017.
He was appointed by then-Conservative leader Stephen Harper in 2006, and he became chief justice in 2006.
He became chief judge of the Supreme Council of Canada in 2008, and was sworn in as the court’s chief justice on May 19, 2011.
On May 4, 2013, he was appointed to replace the late Justice Robert Bork.
The Supreme Judicial Council of Ontario and the Court de Banc ruled in favour of the Bork family, who are suing Ottawa for more than $20 million for allegedly refusing to accept them as a judge in a B.C. court.