Canadian Superior Court Judges Association

Supernumerary and Retired Judges


The CSCJA looks out for the interests of retired judges and those who choose to serve as supernumeraries before full retirement. The Association's submissions to the Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission deal with retirement-related issues such as pensions. By law, superior court judges must retire at age 75 but many retire when they reach 65. Judges can also opt for supernumerary status, with a reduced workload. To be eligible, judges must be 65 and have served at least 15 years on the bench, or have 10 years of service by age 70. Supernumeraries account for almost 20 per cent of all active federally appointed judges.