Overview of Appointments of Prothonotaries of the Federal Court

The Commissioner of Federal Judicial Affairs is seeking applications from barristers or advocates who are members in good standing of any provincial or territorial Bar, and who have extensive professional experience spanning at least ten years, to fill Prothonotary vacancies that might open up at any time at the Federal Court.

There is presently one vacancy for a functionally bilingual Prothonotary to reside in either of Ottawa or Montreal. Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must apply to the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs by no later than 23:59 Pacific Time on November 19, 2021.

Prothonotaries are appointed under the Federal Courts Act (s. 12). They are full judicial officers and exercise many of the powers and functions of Federal Court judges. Their authority includes mediation, case management, practice motions (including those that may result in a final disposition of the case, regardless of the amount in question), as well as trials of actions in which up to $100,000 is claimed (see Rules 50, 382, and 383 to 387 of the Federal Courts Rules).