Four replacement judges have been appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.

The appointments of Glenda Campbell, Corina Dario, Dawn Pentelechuk and Frederica Schutz were announced Friday by federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay,

The new appointees replace judges who’ve elected to become supernumerary or part-time judges.

Alberta’s justice minister Jonathan Denis argues that the province needs four more judges to handle the greater number of cases caused by the province’s growth in population.

“If you have fewer justices you're going to have more delays,” he said.

“You will have more trials put off and put off and put off. And that is not just criminal trials, it’s also civil trials and that affects our entire justice system.”

Denis says Alberta has the lowest number of justices per capita in the country.