This morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new process for appointing Supreme Court of Canada justices.

The new application process is intended to be open and transparent.

Under the new process, any Canadian lawyer or judge who is functionally bilingual and "representative of the diversity of our great country" can apply to be appointed a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Former prime minister Kim Campbell will chair a new independent advisory board that will review applications and recommend candidates for appointment. This board will review applicants and will submit a short list of three to five individuals for consideration. Applicants will have to take a questionnaire and the answers from the prime minister's eventual nominee will be made public.

The new process will also provide an opportunity for MPs and senators from different parties to question eventual nominees before they are officially appointed.

Read the official press release from the PMO here.