Judicial appointments in Alberta Provincial Court: Cathryn Duxbury, D. Nicole Dumaresque, Erin Olsen

Duxbury and Dumaresque are justices of the peace; Olsen is a judge for Southern Region

Judicial appointments in Alberta Provincial Court: Cathryn Duxbury, D. Nicole Dumaresque, Erin Olsen
The Provincial Court of Alberta has made appointments to justice of the peace and provincial judge roles.

The Provincial Court of Alberta has announced that Cathryn Duxbury and D. Nicole Dumaresque have been appointed full-time justices of the peace, effective Oct. 14, and that Erin Olsen has been appointed as a judge for the Southern Region.

For most of her legal career, Cathryn Duxbury has acted as a litigator, both working as a private practitioner and working with the Law Branch of the City of Edmonton. She worked at MCM Consulting and Legal Services, a legal consulting firm, as a partner and as a research lawyer. She also served as an adjudicator for the Municipal Government Board and the New Home Buyers' Protection Board.

Prior to her full-time appointment in Edmonton, Duxbury was appointed part-time justice of the peace in April 2017. In that role, she conducted bail hearings at the Edmonton office of the Provincial Hearing Office. She dealt with applications for warrants and sealing orders and hearing applications for child apprehensions and emergency protection orders. She also presided in Traffic and Bylaw Court. For the Society of Justices of the Peace in Alberta, she serves as a member of the board of directors and as chairperson of the Education Committee.

D. Nicole Dumaresque, who is assigned to Calgary, graduated from the law school of the University of Calgary and was admitted to the Alberta bar in 2004. She was a private practitioner before becoming a staff lawyer at Legal Aid, where she was assigned to the Domestic Violence Court and the Federal Docket Court.

In 2010, Dumaresque began working as a standing agent for the Public Prosecutions Service of Canada. In this position, she prosecuted regulatory charges and charges under the Criminal Code and involving CDSA allegations.

Erin Olsen, a new judge for the Provincial Court of Alberta, Southern Region, also graduated from the law school of the University of Calgary and was called to the Alberta bar in 1998. Olsen has served as a Crown prosecutor for the entirety of her legal career and received an appointment in 2019 as chief Crown prosecutor in Lethbridge. Olsen has handled cases involving serious and violent crimes, has made regular docket appearances and has performed project and committee work for the Integrated Services Court, the Drug Treatment Court, the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee and the Sexual Violence Action Committee.

“[Olsen’s] work within the community of Lethbridge will be a tremendous asset while she serves on the bench, and I am confident she will do an exemplary job delivering justice on behalf of all Albertans,” said Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kaycee Madu.

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