Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What special privileges or recognition is associated with a Queen’s Counsel appointment?

A: Queen’s Counsel appointments are meant to recognize outstanding members of the legal profession. The privileges of being a Queen’s Counsel include wearing special robes and the ability to speak first in court.

Q: Do nominations need to be from the legal community?

A: No, anyone can submit a nomination.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of people that can be nominated or appointed in a given year?

A: There is no limit to the number of nominations. Only completed applications of eligible nominees and applicants will be considered. The Attorney General will also use his or her discretion to determine a reasonable number of appointments in a given year.

Q: Can unsuccessful candidates be re-nominated in subsequent years?

A: Yes, but they will need to re-submit their full application package to the minister’s office.

Q: Can non-practising or retired lawyers be nominated?

A: Yes, retired lawyers are eligible for appointment, so long as they held a practising certificate for at least 10 years.

Q: When does the application/nomination period close?

A: For 2018 the application/nomination period closes on December 14, 2018.