The Court of last appeal in Canada, under the legislative authority of the federal government. It is the highest judicial authority in the country. The Supreme Court of Canada is composed of nine judges; three are from Quebec. It hears appeals from the decisions of the provincial and territorial Courts of Appeal, of the Federal Court of Appeal and of the Court of appeal of the Martial Court of Canada. To be able to appeal to the court, it is generally required to obtain prior leave to appeal. The court holds its hearings in Ottawa.