The fundamental concept of judicial independence exists for the benefit of all citizens. Canadians need to know that legal disputes will be decided fairly, impartially, according to law, and in open court for the entire world to see. Judicial independence guarantees that Justices and Justices of the Peace are free to decide honestly and impartially, in accordance with the law and evidence, without concern or fear of interference, control, or improper influence from anyone.
The Supreme Court of Canada has imposed a constitutional obligation on provincial governments to use an independent commission process to set the compensation for judicial officers. In accordance with this obligation, the Government of Alberta regularly establishes independent Judicial Compensation Commissions to review and recommend changes in compensation for Alberta Court of Justice Justices and Justices of the Peace.