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2008-09
Departmental Performance Report



Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada






The original version was signed by
The Honourable R. D. Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada






Table of Contents

Commissioner’s Message

Section I – Overview

Section II – Analysis of Program Activities by Strategic Outcome

Section III – Supplementary Information



Commissioner's Message

Claude Provencher, Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada

I am pleased to submit the Performance Report for the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada (FJA or the Office) for the period ending March 31, 2009. Fiscal year 2008-2009 was a busy time for FJA. The organization addressed various service delivery challenges as it continued to enhance service excellence to the federal judiciary. The Departmental Performance Report for FJA sets out the activities and the related performance achievement of FJA, made possible by the effective implementation of FJA’s operational and management priorities. FJA is an organization which prides itself on being responsive to the needs of its clientele, federally appointed judges, and adjusting to the ongoing challenges of achieving performance excellence. For example, in the past year, FJA implemented personnel changes to adjust to a key human resources challenge posed by the retirement of long-serving members of the staff. The Office also prepared for the coming into force of new provisions in the Judges Act which have us providing a completely new set of pension related services to certain members of the judiciary. Finally, FJA continued its implementation of a performance measurement system to ensure quality services were being delivered in carrying out it mandate with respect to general administrative support of the judiciary, language training and international cooperation as well as support to the Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission

FJA continues to contribute to the strategic outcome of an independent and efficient judiciary by delivering high quality services to the Canadian Judiciary. A Client Satisfaction Survey of judges conducted in 2008 revealed that 88% of judges rated FJA as excellent or good in fulfilling the strategic outcome.

FJA achieved a high standard for quality of service during fiscal year 2008-09. The Client Satisfaction survey as well as internal performance measurements revealed that “Judges are generally very satisfied with the service FJA provides. The organization is doing an excellent job providing administrative services and support to its clients with many satisfaction scores in the 80 per cent, or higher, range. The findings indicate that FJA should continue to reinforce its strong service culture and strive to maintain the current service levels and quality of service.”1

FJA continually aims to improve its practices in order to contribute to an independent and efficient judiciary. I wish to commend the professionalism and commitment of the employees of FJA in supporting the service needs of the Canadian judiciary during the past fiscal year (2008-09).

Original copy signed by

Claude Provencher, LL.B., MBA
Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada



Section I – Overview

1.1 Summary Information

Raison d’Ítre

FJA envisions itself as a unique service provider to the Canadian judiciary, renowned for efficiency, sound management and a good working environment.

Mission Statement

We are a federal agency statutorily created to support and promote judicial independence for the benefit of the public by providing a wide range of services to the Canadian judiciary.

 

Responsibilities

Section 73 of the Judges Act provides for the establishment of an officer, called the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs, who shall have the rank and status of a deputy head of a department.  Section 74 sets out the duties and functions of the Commissioner.

The Office of the Commissioner :

  • administers Part I of the Judges Act by providing judges of the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Tax Court of Canada and federally appointed judges of provincial and territorial superior courts with salaries, allowances and annuities in accordance with the Judges Act;
  • prepares budgetary submissions and provides administrative services to the Canadian Judicial Council; and
  • undertakes such other missions as the Minister of Justice may require in connection with any matters falling, by law, within the Minister's responsibilities for the proper functioning of the judicial system in Canada.

 

Strategic Outcomes

FJA seeks to deliver high quality services to the Canadian Judiciary in order to support and promote judicial independence.  In this regard, FJA contributes to the following strategic outcome:

An independent and efficient federal judiciary.

Program Activity Architecture

 

Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada's Program Activity Architecture

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1.2 Performance Summary



2008-09 Financial Resources ($ millions)
Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending
$408 161 000 $422 115 928 $421 427 469

At the outset of the 2008-2009 fiscal year, FJA’s planned spending was $408.2 million. Through Main Estimates, Supplementary Estimates and other adjustments to the statutory expenditures, FJA was allocated $422.1 million and the actual spending was $421.4 million.



2008-09 Human Resources (FTEs)
Planned Actual Difference
70 65 5

The decrease in the number of Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) is primarily due to the additional time required to staff skilled positions from the departures of employees as well as the difficulties encountered in staffing positions in the Human Resources section. In the next fiscal year planned FTEs will come into balance with actual FTEs as succession plans are implemented.



Strategic Outcome: An independent and efficient federal judiciary.
Performance Indicators Targets 2008-09 Performance

Independent Judiciary

Judges’ view on the contribution of the Office to judicial independence by providing high quality services.

90% of Judges satisfied with the administration of the judiciary and feel it effectively contributes to their independence.

93% of judges were satisfied with the services provided by FJA. Generally, satisfaction score were consistently high across all FJA service areas.

With respect to the strategic outcome 88% of survey respondents rated the Office as excellent or good in supporting and promoting judicial independence by providing quality services to federally appointed judges.

Efficient Judiciary

Compliance with service standards for efficient delivery of service

90% compliance with established service standards. Each FJA unit collects information to demonstrate performance against standards for efficient delivery of service. Overall, the target of 90% compliance with these standards was fully met.


($ millions)
Program Activity 2007-08
Actual
Spending
2008-09 Alignment to Government of Canada Outcomes
Main
Estimates
Planned
Spending
Total
Authorities
Actual
Spending
Payments Pursuant to the Judges Act $390 180 386  $397 971 000  $397 971 000  $410 482 874 $410 482 874 Safe and Secure Communities
Canadian Judicial Council $1 658 231  $1 683 000 $1 683 000 $1 762 700 $1 643 318

Safe and Secure Communities

Government Affairs
Federal Judicial Affairs $8 093 014 $8 507 000 $8 507 000 $9 870 354 $9 299 277

Safe and Secure World Through International Cooperation.

Government Affairs
Total Planned Spending $399 931 631 $408 161 000 $408 161 000 $422 115 928 $421 427 469  

Summary of Achievements against Priorities

 

  • Client Services: FJA continued to provide high levels of service to clients in the provision of the core services such as judges’ salaries, allowances and annuities. The Client Satisfaction Survey indicated a 93% satisfaction level with services provided by the organization.
  • Corporate Planning: In the recent Management Accountability Framework (MAF) process FJA received a rating of “strong” under the measure of Effectiveness of the Corporate Management Structure. This measure assessed both the Corporate Planning and Governance Structure of the organization.
  • Communications: The survey indicated a high satisfaction rating with the quality of the communications from the department.
  • Information Management and Systems: Information Technology was sustained at a high level of availability and quality of operation, and various upgrading initiatives were undertaken. Although work has progressed, the recent MAF assessment indicated that FJA needed further work in implementing an information management strategy and for this reason received a rating of “attention required”.
  • Security: Work progressed to upgrade security through enhancements in software and the network intrusion system. Although FJA is compliant with the Government Security Policy and fully meets the Security policy, the MAF assessment indicated that additional work is required to meet the requirements of the MITS (Management of Information Technology Security) and, therefore, rated this area as “attention required”.

 

Contribution of Priorities to Strategic Outcome(s)



Operational Priorities Type Status Links to Strategic Outcome(s)

Client Services – By providing administrative support services to federally appointed judges, FJA allows judges to fully carry out their judicial mandate. By listening to its clients and monitoring the judicial environment, FJA identifies the judges’ needs, present and future, and effectively adjusts resources and operations to meet them.  In the last year a key initiative was a refinement of the performance measurement system to collect and report on operational (program activity) performance.  The Client Satisfaction survey was conducted to assess achievement of the strategic outcome as well as levels of client satisfaction with service.  Opportunities for improvement and lessons learned were identified.

Ongoing

Successfully met

The Client Satisfaction Survey revealed a better than 93% level of satisfaction among judges with FJA services.

S.O. An independent and efficient judiciary is assured through continuous refinement of service delivery in response to client needs.

Information Management and Systems –  Maintaining and modernizing FJA’s infrastructure is a high priority as well as ensuring the effective management of information. In the last fiscal year FJA completed key IT projects for upgrading secure internet access, the Human Resource Information System (HRIS); and the e-mail and collaboration environment.  Since FJA’s key management information system (Phoenix) is more than 15 years old and is based on non-mainstream application, FJA ensured its continued availability and made preparations for the future migration of the system to a MS Windows and SQL platform. 

Ongoing

Not met

The results of the Management Accountability Framework (MAF) assessed this priority as attention required.  Although, information technology was considered acceptable, as shown in the achievements of the last year, FJA was found to need further work in implementing an information management strategy.

S.O. An independent and efficient judiciary is assured through a ‘backbone’ of efficient systems.

Security – The goal of the Security initiative is to create a single point of reference for all aspects of security, including physical security of FJA clients, employees, visitors, facilities, data, information and systems.   In the last fiscal year key security projects were completed in IT such as the implementation of the Software Patch Management system and the Network Intrusion Prevention System.

Ongoing

Not met

The Management Accountability Framework (MAF) process assessed this priority as ‘attention required’.   Although, FJA is compliant with the Government Security Policy and fully meets the Security policy  the MAF process identified opportunities for further progress in agreements for sharing information and training/awareness building.

S.O. An independent and efficient judiciary is assured through the protection of client information and facilities.



Management Priorities Type Status Links to Strategic Outcome(s)
Corporate Planning and Reporting –FJA has developed an Integrated Business and Workforce Management Plan which allows for a formal system of corporate policy development, planning, and performance management which integrates Human Resource Planning.  In the last year, plans were developed, implemented and monitored to ensure resources were well spent. Ongoing

Successfully met

As part of the Management Accountability Framework review (MAF), FJA received a grade of “strong” in the area of Effectiveness of the Corporate Management Structure.

S.O. An independent and efficient judiciary is assured through effective governance of service delivery.

Communications – The goal of the Communications initiative is to continuously improve how effectively FJA managers, employees, clients (judges) and partners communicate with each other.  Communications strategies, awareness building and training were completed in the last year in areas such as values and ethics and the implementation of policies and changes in procedures.

Ongoing

Successfully met

The Client Satisfaction Survey indicated a very high satisfaction level (88%) with FJA communications with judges.

S.O. An independent and efficient judiciary is assured through a judiciary well informed about FJA services.


 

Risk Analysis

FJA’s environment is complex due in part to the small size of its organization, the range of services it provides (compensation, benefits, language training, etc.) and the large number of clients served. FJA is also one of the only organizations in government with the delicate task of regularly interacting with three branches of government: legislative for the Judicial Advisory Committees (JAC’s); judicial for a wide range of services; and the executive with respect to managerial and central agency requirements.

With only 70 employees, the Office serves more than 1 066 judges, 806 pensioners and survivors, 138 Advisory Committee members and between 500 and 600 applicants for judicial appointment. FJA administers a budget in excess of $400 million annually which pays for judges’ salaries, allowances and annuities, relocation and travel expenses as well as covering the costs of running the Office (informatics, training, finance, administration and other related expenses). It provides services to judges including language training. It informs the legal community as well as the general public through the publication of the official reports of the decisions of the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Courts Reports, thus promoting access to justice and ensuring a permanent record of these decisions. FJA also serves the requirements of the Minister of Justice through the operation of the Judicial Appointments Secretariat.

Recognizing this context, FJA has developed a risk profile and actively monitors through its management team external and internal risks. Outlined below are the risks FJA managed in the 2008-09 fiscal year.

External Risks – Workload demand for FJA services are increasing in line with demographic changes in the client base, which brings additional operational demands. Compared to the previous fiscal year, in 2008-09 there was a 5.2% ($20.3 Million) increase in the number of pensioners in receipt of a pension pursuant to the Judges Act. Requirements also increased for administering the reimbursement of travel and other allowances to federally appointed judges. FJA actively monitored and managed risks related to managing additional workload to ensure judges received timely reimbursement of their salaries, allowances and annuities, in accordance with the Act.

Part of the role of FJA is to provide support to the Canadian Judicial Council which has, as part of its mandate, the responsibility for receiving complaints against members of the judiciary. The types and volume of complaints have been steadily increasing and accordingly, the resources required for conducting the necessary analysis and review of these files has also been increasing. It is possible that some of these complaints could result in full inquiries which would require substantial resources to ensure that a fair and objective inquiry be undertaken.

FJA must comply with the same central agency expectations and requirements (comptrollership, management and accountability systems, etc.) as do larger departments that enjoy core, specialized resources in the fields of planning, communications, human and financial administration and evaluation. Policy requirements add to existing managerial demands and the extra requirements for internal procedure development and alignment of practices that may be more suitable for a larger departments than a small agency. FJA has a small management team and more informal and hands-on day-to-day monitoring and management functions which provides the flexibility and responsiveness required to effectively manage risk in relation to standard processes supporting a client base of federally appointed judges.

Internal Risks – FJA recognizes that it operates within a technology-driven world economy and must meet evolving expectations, including those set by the federal government and the Management Accountability Framework (MAF). The MAF provides a very effective reality check on key areas of risk with respect to information management and technology which are important to the effective administration of service to judges.

From a human resources perspective the principle risk FJA faces is the loss of expertise and corporate memory from the retirement of long-serving experienced staff. As with most government organizations, short and medium-term retirement of managers and staff members may exacerbate the Office’s vulnerability. Although efforts have been made to develop succession plans, the reality is that there is a shortage of skilled resources available in the staffing marketplace suitable for the activities of FJA. Therefore, the time involved in recruitment is usually longer than normal.

From a financial perspective, FJA maintains and updates a sophisticated workplanning process which defines key initiatives and resource requirements. Financial forecasting and expenditure reporting is actively monitored. Judges are reimbursed their actual and reasonable expenses incurred under the authority of the Judges Act. The work schedules are organized by their Chief Justices based on the caseload before the court and accordingly, the Office has no input or control on the scheduling process. Any forecast of expenses incurred by judges is based on historical trends which can result in fluctuations from the amount of actual expenses incurred.

From an operational perspective, FJA faces the challenge/risk of balancing resources for ongoing activities with the requirements of implementing international programming and hosting international delegations. In 1995, FJA initiated international judicial partnerships fully funded through the Canadian International Development Agency. Commencing with Ukraine, partnerships with Russia, Ethiopia, China and other countries quickly followed. The project with Russia has now been completed. FJA remains involved in promoting and facilitating participation by members of the Canadian judiciary in a number of international co-operation projects. FJA regularly receives/hosts international delegations to share its core expertise.

Expenditure Profile

The total spending for the department shows a continual increase over the planning period. This increase is as a result of a provision in the Judges Act which allows for an annual increase in salaries to judges based on the Industrial Aggregate.


($ millions)
Program Activity Actual
Spending
2006-07
Actual
Spending
2007-08
Main
Estimates
2008-09
Planned
Spending
2008-09
Total
Authorities
2008-09
Actual
Spending
2008-09
Payments Pursuant to the Judges Act 394.8 390.2 398.0 398.0 410.5 410.5
Canadian Judicial Council 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.8 1.6
Federal Judicial Affairs 8.1 8.1 8.5 8.5 9.9 9.3
Total 404.6 400.0 408.2 408.2 422.1 421.4

The major reason for the variance in the Actual Spending versus the Planned Spending is attributable to an increase in: the number of number of judges; the number of pensioners in receipt of annuities under the Judges Act; and an increase in the travel and other allowances reimbursed to federally appointed judges.

Voted and Statutory Items


($ millions)
Vote # or Statutory Item (S) Truncated Vote or Statutory Wording 2006-07 Actual Spending 2007-08 Actual Spending 2008-09 Main Estimates 2008-09 Actual Spending
20 Operating expenditures $7 437 295 $7 461 007 $7 772 000 $8 559 913
25 Operating expenditures Canadian Judicial Council $1 565 602 $1 564 231 $1 594 000 $1 556 318
(S) Payments pursuant to the Judges Act $394 797 577 $390 180 386 $397 971 000 $410 482 874
(S) Contributions to employee benefit plans $783 954 $726 007 $824 000 $826 364
Total $404 584 428 $399 931 631 $401 012 838 $421 427 469

 

Expenditure Profile - Spending Trend Graph

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Section II – Analysis of Program Activities by Strategic Outcome

2.1 Strategic Outcome: An independant and efficient federal judiciary

2.2 Program Activity by Strategic Outcome

The following section describes the program activities of the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada and identifies the expected results, performance indicators, targets, performance status and Performance Summary for each of them.
This section will contain a discussion of results of the following Program Activities:

 

2.2.1 Program Activity: Payments pursuant to the Judges Act

 


Program Activity: Payments pursuant to the Judges Act
2008-09 Financial Resources
($ millions)
2008-09 Human Resources
(FTEs)
Planned
Spending
Total
Authorities
Actual
Spending
Planned Actual Difference
$397 971 $410 483 $410 483 0 0 0


Expected
Results
Performance
Indicators
Targets Performance Status Performance
Summary
Accurate and timely processing and validation of claims received for reimbursement of expenses in compliance with the Judges Act and internal guidelines governing financial management.

Percentage of expense claims processed and validated for entry into tracking system.

 

Percentage of expense claims processed within service standard.

100% of expense claims compliant with Judges Act and departmental policies and guidelines.

 

90% of claims processed within service standard.

Met All

 

 

 

 

Mostly Met

100% of all claims received were audited to ensure compliance to departmental policies and guidelines.
80% of claims were processed within the service standard. Performance was slower at the beginning of the fiscal year due to the new staff being trained. Performance in the last six months of the year was within service standards.
Comprehensive, up-to-date and validated files are kept on all judges and their survivors. Level of judges' satisfaction with services. 80% of judges satisfied with services. Met All. The Client Satisfaction Survey indicated that only 2% of respondents were dissatisfied with the completeness and accuracy of files compared to 75% that were satisfied (22% were neutral).
Efficient and effective administration of Judges’ compensation and benefits programs and processes. Percentage of compensation and benefits claims processed within service standard. 90% of compensation and benefits claims processed within service standard. Mostly Met. 82% of Client Satisfaction Survey respondents regarded FJAs response to questions and requests as timely compared to 4% that were not satisfied (14% had no opinion)

Performance Analysis

Compared to the previous fiscal year in 2008-09 there was a 5.2% ($20.3 Million) increase in the number of pensioners in receipt of a pension pursuant to the Judges Act. Notwithstanding the increased workload volume, all judges and pensioners received timely reimbursement of their salaries, allowances and annuities, in accordance with the Act. Results of the Client Satisfaction Survey indicated that judges are generally very satisfied with FJA services as satisfaction scores for each service were in the 80 per cent or higher range. In support of FJA's strategic outcome, achieving high performance in this program activity ensures that the judiciary can continue to perform their professional duties efficiently and effectively, and without delay. The independence of the judiciary is ensured through the efficient independent delivery of compensation and benefits by FJA.

 

Lessons Learned

The survey findings reinforced the importance of FJA continuing to sustain its strong service culture by maintaining current service levels and quality of service. Three areas crucial to achieving continuous improvement were: identifying points of contact, streamlining processes and timeliness of responses.

 

2.2.2 Program Activity: Canadian Judicial Council

 



Program Activity: Canadian Judicial Council
2008-09 Financial Resources
($ millions)
2008-09 Human Resources
(FTEs)
Planned
Spending
Total
Authorities
Actual
Spending
Planned Actual Difference
$1 683 $1 763 $1 643 8 6 2


Expected
Results
Performance
Indicators
Targets Performance Status Performance
Summary

Effective functioning of Canadian Judicial Council committees.

Satisfaction with the administration and support of committees.

Number of Committee Chairpersons satisfied with secretariat support.

Met All

 

 

 

 


The chairpersons reported being satisfied with CJC services.

Performance Analysis

The Council is composed of the 39 Chief Justices and Associate Chief Justices of Canada’s superior Courts.  As part of its mandate to support the Canadian judiciary, the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs provides administrative support services to the office of the Canadian Judicial Council.  Its mandate is to promote efficiency and uniformity, and to improve the quality of judicial service in Canada.  The Council is also responsible for reviewing complaints against federally appointed judges.

During the course of the fiscal year, 55 meetings of Committees and their subcommittees were held.  The Chairpersons of the Committees reported being satisfied with services provided by the CJC secretariat. 

Lessons Learned

Priority setting by CJC members is essential to ensuring CJC delivers on plans and the general expectations of members.  In this respect the analysis of staff time dedicated to supporting the Council is crucial to the work planning process.

 

2.2.3 Program Activity: Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada


Program Activity: Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada
2008-09 Financial Resources
($ millions)
2008-09 Human Resources
(FTEs)
Planned
Spending
Total
Authorities
Actual
Spending
Planned Actual Difference
$8 507 $9 870 $9 299 64 59 6


Expected
Results
Performance
Indicators
Targets Performance Status Performance
Summary
1. Timely and accurate administration of the Order-in-Council process.

Percentage of Order-in-Councils submissions prepared within service standards.

90% of submissions prepared within service standard.

Met All

100% of all Order-in-Council submissions were prepared within the service standard.
2. Fair and expeditious administration of the Judicial Appointments process. Percentage of applications screened and referred to Advisory Committees in a timely manner. 95% of applications reviewed and verified within service standard. Met All 99% of applications received were reviewed and verified within a three month period.
3. Access to a trusted and reliable email and collaboration tool.

Percentage of time core system available to users.

Percentage of judges satisfied with system.

Core systems available 98% of time on an annual basis.

75% of judges satisfied with system.

Met All

 

Met All

JUDICOM System availability was 99.36%.

83% of judges were satisfied or very satisfied with the JUDICOM system according to the Client Satisfaction Survey.

4. Federally appointed judges have access to timely, high-quality, and cost effective language training services. Waiting time for judges to access training services. 90% of judges have access to language assessment and training services within service standard. Mostly Met

97% of judges feel that the language training received in the immersion session was useful.

Overall, almost nine out of ten judges who have taken language training said they were satisfied with the service provided.

5. Timely, accurate and bilingual publishing of selected Federal Courts decisions. Percentage of selected cases published within 10 months of the issuance of the decision. 90% of selected cases are published within 10 months of the date of issuance of the decision. Mostly Met 11.8 months was the average time achieved for publishing reports. Delays were caused by restructuring due to retirements and outsourcing of desktop publishing,

Performance Analysis

Federal Judicial Affairs is a multi-faceted program activity benefiting those participating in the judicial appointments process, as well as federally appointed judges, the legal community and the general public through the publication of the Federal Courts Reports. In 2008-09 FJA either met all or mostly met performance targets for the expected results of this program activity.

First, FJA’s achievement of a high standard for the timely and accurate administration of the order-in-council process and the judicial appointments process contributed to an independent judiciary because it ensured all candidates for judicial office were treated fairly and equitably in the process.

Second, FJA also provides timely and effective information technology collaboration tools and language training. Federally appointed judges were able to collaborate effectively, sharing information through JUDICOM the information technology platform maintained by FJA. JUDICOM exceeded standards for system availability, and also exceeded the satisfaction target of 75%.

Thirdly, the ability of judges to function in both official languages was enhanced through FJA's efforts to ensure language services were easily accessible. As indicated above, nine out of ten judges who have taken language training say they are satisfied with the service provided.

Finally, important decisions of the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal were made readily available to federally appointed judges, the legal community and the general public in a timely and accurate fashion through the publication of the Federal Courts Reports.

 

Lessons Learned

FJA strives to respond to the service needs of the judiciary by continuously assessing its performance and being very responsive to lessons learned. FJA employs three approaches for identifying opportunities to enhance service delivery.

The first is the Client Satisfaction Survey of judges conducted in 2008. This assessed the perceptions of judges regarding the achievement of the strategic outcome of FJA to support and promote judicial independence through services to federally appointed judges. The survey also collected performance assessments on each FJA program activity. FJA learned it can continuously enhance service by achieving: a) greater efficiencies through minimizing the number of steps in the process of providing service to judges; b) increased timelines in obtaining service; and c) a central and consistent point of contact for judges to obtain service.

The second methodology is related to the management and continuous improvement of an internal process for service delivery to judges. FJA has an ongoing initiative underway to improve service delivery, such as the service inventory project and workflow analysis of each FJA program activity conducted in the last fiscal year. This was supported by diagnostics using performance measurement data that identified where efficiency of processes, timelines of service and quality of customer contact could be improved.

Thirdly, FJA is refining and implementing its performance measurement system. FJA has learned that priority setting on the investment of staff and budget is an important factor of success in delivering consistent service quality according to standard. Management actively monitors the efficiency of each program activity against targets or standards. Improvements or corrective measures will be identified and implemented.

Finally, FJA was in the past year the subject of a Management Accountability Framework (MAF) review. This afforded the organization an important opportunity to identify management priorities for addressing lessons learned about service delivery. For example, the MAF identified a need for an active Information Management (IM) strategy and also for metrics to guide the management of information technology towards improved efficiency, effectiveness and innovation. Further work is also required in the area of security, particularly in training and awareness building.

However, in the MAF assessment, FJA received an acceptable or strong rating in the majority of areas of management, particularly corporate management and governance. Most importantly, Client Service was rated ‘strong’ which reflected the strong service orientation of FJA and the attention management pays to ensuring high performance.

2.3 Benefits for Canadians

There are 1,066 judges in Canada who are appointed by the federal government to the superior courts in the provinces and territories and to specialized courts such as the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Tax Court of Canada. These courts play a vital role in protecting citizens’ rights and ensuring governments adhere to the rules of law and justice. FJA supports an independent judiciary and provides language training that enhances the capabilities of the judiciary.

FJA publishes the Federal Courts Reports, which are the official, bilingual reports of decisions, or parts of decisions of the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, that are considered to be of sufficient significance to warrant publication. FJA also provides administrative support to the Canadian Judicial Council.

FJA operates an efficient and effective judicial appointments process. The Judicial Appointments Secretariat received and processed 509 applications for judicial appointment The Secretariat arranged for 49 advisory committee meetings. The Advisory Committees assessed a total of 448 applications, the results of which were certified by the Executive Director, Judicial Appointments and provided to the Minister.

Promoting the principles of judicial independence, and efficient and transparent court systems internationally ensures protection of Canada’s interests abroad and enhances Canada’s visibility internationally.



Section III – Supplementary Information

3.1 Financial Highlights

The Financial Highlights presented within this DPR are intended to serve as a general overview of FJA’s financial position and operations. The departments’ financial statements can be found at the FJA website at:

http://www.fja-cmf.gc.ca



($ millions)
Condensed Statement of Financial Position
At End of Year (March 31, 2009)
% Change 2009 2008
Assets      
Total Assets 5.7% 1.7 1.6
Liabilities      
Total Liabilities 7.2% 151.5 141.3
Equity      
Total Equity 7.2% (149.7) (139.7)
Total 5.7% 1.7 1.6


($ millions)
Condensed Statement of Operations
At End of Year (March 31, 2009)
% Change 2009 2008
Expenses      
Total Expenses 5.5% 423.3 401.4
Revenues      
Total Revenues 4.7% 12.8 12.2
Net Cost of Operations 5.5% 410.5 389.2

The Net Cost of Operations for the department shows a 5.5% increase over the previous fiscal year. This increase is as a result of a provision in the Judges Act which allows for an annual increase in salaries to judges based on the Industrial Aggregate, an increase in overall travel expenses incurred by judges as well as an increase in the number of Pensioners receiving benefits under the Judges Act.

3.2 List of Tables

The following tables are located on the Treasury Board Secretariat website:

  • Sources of Respendable and Non-Respendable Revenue

3.3 Other Items of Interest

Information about the Canadian Judicial Council, its mandate and activities are found at the Council’s website:

http://www.cjc-ccm.gc.ca

The Executive Summary of the 2008 Client Satisfaction Survey can be found at FJA’s website:

http://www.fja-cmf.gc.ca

Contacts for Further Information

Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada
99 Metcalfe Street, 8th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1E3 
Telephone: (613) 995-5140   Facsimile: (613) 995-5615

Web site: http://www.fja-cmf.gc.ca

Claude Provencher, Commissioner, Phone: (613) 995-5140

E-mail:  claude.provencher@fja-cmf.gc.ca

Legislation Administered by the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada

The Minister has sole responsibility to Parliament for the following Act:

Judges Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. J-1) February 2007


1Executive Summary, 2008 Client Satisfaction Survey, p. 5.