Standing Committee on Justice Policy

Mandate

Standing Committee on Justice Policy

Terms of Reference

As per Standing Order 111(a), the Standing Committee on Justice Policy, in addition to any matter that may be referred by Order of the House, is empowered to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management, organization or operation of the ministries and offices which are assigned to it as well as the agencies, boards and commissions reporting to such ministries and offices. These studies are conducted according to either Standing Order 114 or 129.

The Ministries and Offices assigned to the Committee are:

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Ministry of the Solicitor General

These assignments were made on: October 30, 2019

Standing Order 114:

Under Standing Order 114, the policy field committees may conduct relatively unlimited studies. The only restriction is that the study must relate to a ministry assigned to that committee. The subject-matter and duration of the study are left to the committee to decide. This Standing Order is usually used when the committee agrees on what it wishes to study.

Standing Order 129:

Once in each Session, each member (including the Chair) of the Standing Committee on General Government, the Standing Committee on Justice Policy and the Standing Committee on Social Policy is entitled to propose a matter to be considered by their particular committee. The matter must relate to the mandate, management, organization or operation of the ministries and offices assigned to the committee as well as the agencies, boards and commissions reporting to such ministries and offices.

The proposal of a member under this Standing Order must be adopted by at least two-thirds of the members of the committee, excluding the Chair.

A study by the committee under the terms of this Standing Order cannot take precedence over consideration of a government public bill.

The committee may present a substantive report to the House and may adopt the text of a draft bill on the subject matter. At least three hours of debate will be allowed on the bill in the House at a time decided upon by the House Leaders of the recognized Parties.