Michael Moldaver will retire from the Supreme Court of Canada in September

He was elevated to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1995, becoming a member of the Supreme Court in October 2011.

Moldaver’s departure could give Prime Minister Justin Trudeau another opportunity to appoint a judge to the highest court, which now includes four of his appointees.

A judge of the Supreme Court may continue to participate in the judgments, concerning the cases he has heard, until six months after the date of his retirement.

“It has been an honor for me to serve on the highest court in this land for nearly 11 years,” Moldaver said in a statement.

He praised the two Chief Justices under whom he served – Wagner and Beverley McLachlin – as persons of honor, integrity, courage and vision.

Moldaver said they share a passion for justice and a strong commitment to upholding the rule of law, protecting an independent judiciary and preserving an unprecedented justice system for all Canadians.

“For this, and much more, they owe a great debt of gratitude.”

Canadians have benefited from Moldaver’s humanity and deep commitment to fair and equitable outcomes, said Mr. Wagner.

“His colleagues and I have benefited from his wisdom, his warm collegiality and his wit. We wish him a very happy retirement. »

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 24, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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