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Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights (JUST)
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40th Parliament, 3rd Session
March 3, 2010 - March 26, 2011

About this Committee


Membership of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights is agreed to by the House of Commons at the beginning of each session and from time to time during the session as required. Standing Order 108 sets out two types of mandates for this committee: a mandate under an Order of Reference from the House to study a particular matter referred to it by the House, such as:

  • legislation proposed by the government or Members of Parliament;
  • reports by government institutions and agencies;
  • Order-in-Council appointments;
  • Estimates
and a mandate which gives all standing committees the power “to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management and operation of the department or departments of government which are assigned to them” which may include:
  • immediate, medium- and long-term expenditure plans and the effectiveness of implementation of these plans;
  • subject-matter studies of legislation, programs, and policies;
  • the operation of legislation, when there is a statutory requirement to do so;
  • an analysis of the relative success of the department, as measured by the results obtained as compared with its stated objectives; and
  • other matters relating to the mandate, management, organization or operation of the department, as the committee deems fit.

Under paragraph 108(1) of the Standing Orders, standing committees can examine any matters referred to them by the House of Commons or as required by legislation. They can report to the House, send for persons or records, and have the power to delegate their powers to subcommittees. They can sit whether the House is sitting or adjourned, and may sit jointly with other standing committees.

Under paragraph 108(2) of the Standing Orders, this Committee can study the policies, programs and legislation of the following departments and agencies: