The Technical Amendments Act (No.2), 2018 proposes to fix practical and policy issues with legislation that were unforeseen when the original legislation was drafted. Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee tabled the Bill, which includes amendments to the Human Rights Act and the Territorial Court Act.
The amendment to the Human Rights Act allows a member of the Human Rights Panel of Adjudicators – whose term is set to expire – to remain a member of the panel and continue to hear a matter until a decision has been delivered.
The amendment to the Territorial Court Act will remove an outdated retirement related provision that only applied to judges who were appointed prior to 1999 when the Act originally came into force.
The amendments included in this Bill will ensure the smooth operation of the Human Rights Panel of Adjudicators, and clarify the retirement age for all Territorial Court judges. This is part of an ongoing effort to ensure that Yukon laws are updated to remain as clear as possible and are achieving their intended purpose.
Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee
There are no remaining sitting judges who were appointed prior to the coming into force of the Act.
The age of retirement for all Territorial Court judges is 70. Deputy judges of the Territorial Court must retire at the age of 75.