Supreme Court won't hear plea from lawyers over Nadon challenge fees

Two lawyers have lost a court fight to be paid more for their part in challenging a controversial judicial nomination.

Lawyer wanted $51,706.54, based on charge of $800/hour for challenging High Court appointment of Marc Nadon

Laywers Rocco Galati and Paul Slansky's legal challenge to Justice Marc Nadon's (pictured above) appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada ultimately saw the Judge's appointment nixed. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Two lawyers have lost a court fight to be paid more for their part in challenging a controversial judicial nomination.

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal from Rocco Galati and Paul Slansky, who felt they were shortchanged for their efforts in contesting the appointment of Marc Nadon.

Galati challenged the eligibility of the Federal Court of Appeal judge to fill one of three Supreme Court seats reserved for Quebec.

He put his challenge on hold when the Harper government referred the issue to the Supreme Court, which then nixed Nadon's appointment on the grounds it violated Quebec-specific provisions of legislation governing the high court.

Galati asked for $51,706.54, based on a charge of $800 an hour he said was reasonable for a lawyer with his experience, while Slansky, acting for the Constitutional Rights Centre, wanted $16,769.20 for helping him.

In December 2014, the Federal Court awarded them a total of $5,000 for their work.

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