Canadian supreme court justice to retire: statement

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Justice Clement Gascon will retire from Canada’s supreme court in September for personal and family reasons, Chief Justice Richard Wagner said in a statement on Monday.

Gascon served in Quebec as a superior court and appeals court judge before being appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on June 9, 2014. Previously he had been a lawyer specialized in civil and commercial litigation and labor law.

Appointments to the Supreme Court are less partisan than in the United States. Candidates must meet certain professional criteria and regional representation requirements, with the choice made by the Governor General, or acting head of state, on the advice of the prime minister.

“I am confident that the necessary care and consideration will be given to the prompt appointment of a new justice of the Supreme Court of Canada,” Gascon said in the same statement.

Reporting by Steve Scherer and Julie Gordon; Editing by Phil Berlowitz