The basic role of the Federal Court of Appeal is to provide a national appellate or review forum over the Federal Court, the Tax Court of Canada and federal boards, commissions, tribunals and administrative decision makers, to ensure that federal law is interpreted and applied consistently throughout Canada by the federal government and its agents and to supervise the legality of the decisions of federal decision makers. For more information about the role of the Federal Court of Appeal please visit the following link: Role
For general enquiries regarding procedural business of the Federal Court of Appeal, please contact the Registry office in Ottawa:
You can also contact one of our regional offices. Please find the telephone numbers at the following hyperlink: http://www.cas-satj.gc.ca/en/operations/locations.shtml
If you want to present yourself to one of our offices, please consult the following hyperlink for addresses: http://www.cas-satj.gc.ca/en/operations/locations.shtml
You can also send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note that this email address should not be used to file documents, send us mail, or to pose questions with regards to any matter before the Court in which you are a party.
For guidance in reviewing or appealing a decision, please contact the nearest office of the Registry of the Federal Court of Appeal.
Important: Please note that Registry officers are not allowed to provide legal advice to litigants. You should contact a lawyer, a Legal Aid Office in your area or a community legal clinic for legal advice.
Photography and audio / video recording in the hearing room are prohibited, except if the presiding judge, after consultation with the chief justice or his delegate, gives authorization. Photography and audio / video recording or transmission in the vicinity of the hearing room are prohibited, except if the presiding judge, after consultation with the chief justice or his delegate, gives authorization. Please consult the court’s Guidelines on Public and Media Access for more information.
Transcripts of hearings before the Federal Court of Appeal are not available. The Federal Court of Appeal creates and keeps an audio recording of all hearings, with the exception of hearings by teleconference, which may be recorded in the Court’s discretion.
Copies of the audio recording of a proceeding will be made available to the parties upon request. Media organizations and members of the public will be authorized, upon request, to listen to an audio recording, if they were entitled to be present in the courtroom for that proceeding. In cases where oral reasons for judgment are rendered during the hearing, the reasons will be redacted from the audio recording made available to the parties, media organizations and members of the public. A court order is required before media organizations and members of the public are able to obtain a copy of an audio recording.
In all cases, a written request must be filed with the Registry in order to have access to an audio recording of a hearing before the Federal Court of Appeal. For additional information about applicable restrictions and to access the request form, please consult the Notice to the Profession pertaining to Access to Digital Audio Recordings of Federal Court of Appeal Proceedings.
Court records can be consulted at your local Registry Office. You can also request of a copy of a document by fax. Note that a $0.40 per page is applicable for copies of court documents either at the counter of by fax.
It is possible to view the Recorded Entries for a given case under the Proceedings queries database using the Recorded Entries Queries search engine on the Federal Court of Appeal website.
A Recorded Entry is a brief description of a document that has been filed or of a procedure associated with the case (e.g. a court hearing). One queries the database using the Court Number. If you do not know the court number, you may go to Indexing Queries and retrieve it from the Parties database.
Generally yes, but subject to its availability, to be confirmed by the Registry.
Supernumerary Judge: In recognition of the long service required of members of the judiciary, and as an option to retirement, the Judges Act permits federally appointed judges who have continued in judicial office for at least 15 years and whose combined age and number of years in judicial office is not less than 80, or who have attained the age of 70 and who have continued in judicial office for at least 10 years, to elect supernumerary status. Judges who do so must hold themselves available to perform judicial duties assigned to them by the Chief Justice of the court of which they are members. Supernumerary judges are for all intents and purposes puisne judges of the court, and are entitled to the same salary, allowances and benefits as any other judge.
Puisne Judge: A Norman-French name for a judge of a court who is not the Chief Justice or Associate Chief Justice.
Every appeal and every application for leave to appeal to the Federal Court of Appeal, and every application for judicial review or reference to that court, is heard before not fewer than three judges sitting together and always before an uneven number of judges. Otherwise, the business of the Federal Court of Appeal, such as motions, can be dealt with by a single judge as the Chief Justice may arrange.
Counsel may choose to address the judges of the Federal Court of Appeal as "Justice", "Mr. Justice" or "Madam Justice". In writing, the judges are addressed as "The Honourable Madam Justice" or as "The Honourable Mr. Justice".
To be eligible to be appointed a judge, a barrister or advocate must have has at least ten years standing at the bar of any province or is or has been a judge of a superior court. Judges are appointed by the Governor in Council and hold office during good behaviour, until he or she retires or attains the age of 75 years, but is removable for incapacity or misconduct in office before that time by the Governor General on address of the Senate and House of Commons. Of the twelve judges, the Federal Courts Act requires that at least five of the judges be appointed from Quebec.
You must first determine whether your complaint is about a decision of a judge or the conduct of a judge. If it is about the decision of a judge, contact a lawyer, legal aid office or community legal clinic to determine whether or not you might be able to appeal the decision. A Faculty of Law at a nearby University may also have a program to provide legal assistance.
If you have a complaint about the conduct of a Federal Court of Appeal judge, you should write to the Canadian Judicial Council, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0W8, fax 613-288-1575 providing the details of the conduct which is of concern to you. For additional information visit the Canadian Judicial Council web site.
Indexing Queries allows a user to query the Federal Court of Appeal database of indexed cases using the internet. You can search the database using one of four methods: by Court Number, by Party Information, by Intellectual Property or by Related Cases. The results of each query appear on the screen with a hyperlink on the Court Number that opens a new window called Additional Information. The Additional Information window contains more information about the selected court number.
You may also call a Registry Officer at:
Applications for the position of law clerk to a Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court or Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada are made through the online application form available on this website. There are currently fifty-six (56) positions available: fifteen (15) with the Federal Court of Appeal, forty (40) with the Federal Court and one (1) with the Court Martial Appeal Court. Applications will automatically be considered for all three Courts unless indicated otherwise. For more information please consult the Law Clerks Program section.