The justice minister's office says the government won't make Marc Nadon repay any monies he collected during his ill-fated appointment to the high court.
The elevation of Nadon from the Federal Court of Appeal was ruled invalid in March on the grounds it violated Quebec-specific provisions of the Supreme Court Act.
Registrar Roger Bilodeau says that between Oct. 3, 2013, and March 21, 2014, Nadon received the salary and allowances of a Supreme Court judge, in accordance with the Judges Act.
A Supreme Court judge currently earns almost $60,000 more a year than a Federal Court of Appeal judge, making the approximate difference in Nadon's salary for the period more than $25,000.
Bilodeau, who works independently of the court, says he reviewed the facts and statutory framework and concluded he was not in a position to determine whether there had been an overpayment to Nadon.
He says any decision rests with Justice Minister Peter MacKay.
However, Mary Ann Dewey-Plante, said Wednesday the government "won't be retroactively changing Judge Nadon's pay."