Federal Court

The Federal Court is a national, bilingual, bijural, superior court of record, which hears and decides legal disputes arising in the federal domain. Its jurisdiction derives primarily from the Federal Courts Act, though over 100 other federal statutes also confer jurisdiction on the Court. It has original, but not exclusive jurisdiction over proceedings by and against the Crown (including Aboriginal law claims), and proceedings involving admiralty and intellectual property law. It has exclusive jurisdiction to hear certain national security proceedings and as applications for judicial review of the decisions of most federal boards commissions, tribunals. This includes applications for judicial review of decisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board. Further information on the Federal Court can be found at: www.fct-cf.gc.ca.

The table below provides an overview of the workload of the Judicial and Registry Services Branch in support of the Federal Court.

Federal Court 2014–15 2013–14 2012–13 2011–12 2010–11
Proceedings Instituted or Filed 35,731 37,275 38,441 31,527 30,786
General Proceedings and Immigration 9,722 10,153 13,940 12,379 9,766
Income Tax Act certificates 14,816 14,846 13,277 10,737 12,333
Excise Tax Act certificates 10,792 11,956 10,795 7,789 8,147
Other instruments and certificates 401 320 429 622 540
Court Judgments, Orders and Directions Processed by the Registry 20,561 20,864 23,387 22,184 21,205
Files prepared for hearing and heard in Court 4,223 4,065 5,493 4,385 4,215
Days in Court 3,109 3,057 3,042 2,961 2,996
Recorded Entries 259,077 261,071 287,878 254,147 238,525
Total Dispositions – General Proceedings and Immigration 9,030 11,460 11,610 10,555 9,362
Active Proceedings as of March 31 2014–15 2013–14 2012-13 2011–12 2010–11
Aboriginal 210 216 232 240 210
Other appeals provided for by law 199 196 156 142 120
Admiralty 205 196 233 234 270
Intellectual property 485 543 532 548 626
Immigration 5,657 5,251 6,835 4,705 2,895
Crown 669 456 341 291 315
Judicial Review 840 859 783 747 702
Patented Medicines Regulations 55 67 88 74 71
Total 8,320 7,784 9,200 6,981 5,209
Status as of March 31 2014–15 2013–14 2012–13 2011–12 2010–11
Not perfected 3,663 3,703 6,477 4,650 3,511
Perfected 632 1,323 1,490 759 570
Consolidated 776 197 64 37 61
Reserved 204 160 208 207 144
Scheduled for hearing 911 594 641 636 481
Stayed 2,134 1,807 320 692 442
Total 8,320 7,784 9,200 6,981 5,209