Feds name replacements for Moldaver, Karakatsanis

The federal government announced 12 judicial appointments in four provinces yesterday.

In Ontario, there were five appointments. The first is Justice Edward Ducharme, who is moving to the Ontario Court of Appeal after serving as the regional senior judge of the Superior Court of Justice in London, Ont. Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court of Justice in 2002, he was a bencher for the Law Society of Upper Canada and a partner at Ducharme Fox LLP. Ducharme replaces Justice Michael Moldaver who was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Replacing Justice Andromache Karakatsanis, the other Ontario judge elevated to the Supreme Court of Canada, is Justice Sarah Pepall, who is also moving from the Superior Court to the Court of Appeal. She was appointed to the bench in 1999 and prior to that she was a partner at McMillan Binch (now McMillan LLP).

Justices James Turnbull and Stephen Glithero are having a bit of a job-swap. Turnbull is replacing Glithero and Glithero is replacing him. Thurnbull has been a judge of the Superior Court of Justice since 2005 and has been appointed to be the regional senior judge of the Central Southern Region. Glithero is being re-appointed as a puisne judge of the Superior Court in Simcoe. He has been on the bench since 1992.

Denise Korpan is the final appointment in Ontario. She was a lawyer with Siskinds LLP in London and will now be a judge of the Superior Court, family court branch. At Siskinds, she mainly practised family law with a little bit of estate litigation. She will be replacing Justice Mary Marshman who has become a supernumerary judge.

Five appointments have been made in Quebec.

Justice Marie St-Pierre is moving from the Superior Court of Quebec to the Court of Appeal. She was appointed to the bench in 2002, and before that worked at Desjardins Ducharme Stein Monast as well as Blain Piché Emery and Associates. She is replacing Justice Jacques Chamberland who was elected to be a supernumerary judge.

Justice Clément Gascon has served as a puisne judge of the Superior Court and is now being appointed to the Court of Appeal to take the place of Jusice André Rochon who is now a supernumerary judge. Gascon was appointed to the Superior Court in 2002, and prior to that practised civil and commercial law at Heenan Blaikie LLP.

Civil and commercial litigator Gary Morrison of Heenan Blaikie also joins the Superior Court bench, where he replaces Gascon.

Robinson Sheppard Shapiro litigator François Duprat of Montreal has been appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec. He is replacing Justice Joel Silcoff who has chosen to become a supernumerary judge.

The final addition to the Quebec judiciary is Marie-Claude Lalande, a lawyer with Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie in Montréal. She has been appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec as a puisne judge to replace Justice St-Pierre who is moving to the Court of Appeal.

Saskatechwan’s new appointment is Brian Barrington-Foote, a partner at MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP. He practised aboriginal, labour and employment, constitutional, commercial and administrative law, as well as civil litigation. He has been appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench and is replacing Justice Ellen Gunn, who has become a supernumerary judge.

The final appointment is in British Columbia. Justice David Harris is being appointed to the Court of Appeal after two years at the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Before becoming a judge in 2010, he practised civil litigation as a lawyer at Hunter Litigation Chambers in Vancouver. He is replacing Justice David Tysoe who has become a supernumerary judge.

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