Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the nomination of the Honourable Sheilah L. Martin to the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice Martin served on the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta for 11 years and, in June 2016, was appointed to the Courts of Appeal of Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
In addition, Justice Martin has been a Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of Yukon since 2009. In this capacity, she has travelled to the Yukon to hear cases and render decisions, including in criminal and family law.
“This is a great opportunity for the specific needs of the North to be better represented at the Supreme Court level,” said Yukon’s Member of Parliament Larry Bagnell. “Justice Martin has served Canadians well over her career, and I am proud of how Prime Minister Trudeau has continued to ensure that our national institutions reflect Canada’s diversity.”
In her application to the Supreme Court of Canada, Justice Martin wrote: “Judges who sit in trial courts perform many tasks and I have had front line and first-hand experience with the administration of justice in Alberta and the Yukon… On circuit, I sat in small rural communities and as a judge in the Yukon, I have had first-hand experience of the distinctive challenges of providing justice in northern communities.”
- Prime Minister announces nomination of the Honourable Sheilah L. Martin to the Supreme Court of Canada
- Biography of the Honourable Sheilah L. Martin
- Candidate questionnaire filled out by the Honourable Sheilah L. Martin
- Frequently asked questions on the Supreme Court of Canada appointment process
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