Government of Canada announces judicial appointments in the province of Quebec

News Release

August 17, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada  

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

The Honourable Claudine Roy, a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec, is appointed a judge of the Quebec Court of Appeal in Montreal. She fills a new position created as a result of the passage of Bill C-44.

Gregory Moore, a partner at Joli-Cœur Lacasse s.e.n.c.r.l., is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal. He replaces Madam Justice Claudine Roy, who has been elevated to the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Biographies

The Honourable Claudine Roy was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal in 2003. She was responsible for the training of Superior Court judges and was a member of the Court’s Procedure Committee.

Justice Roy is and has always been actively involved in education and training – whether through her work with the Superior Court, the Barreau du Québec, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, or the National Judicial Institute. She has also contributed to training at the international level, particularly in Cambodia and Vietnam. She has served as a member of the NJI’s Board of Governors, a member of the CIAJ’s Research Committee, and a jury member for the Quebec Bar Foundation’s legal competition. She is a former chair and committee member of several sections of CBA Quebec.

Before her appointment to the judiciary, Justice Roy was a partner with Ogilvy Renault (today Norton Rose Fulbright), where she coordinated the firm’s research and administrative law groups. She was also the chair of the firm’s Knowledge Management Committee. She previously practised law with the Commission des services juridiques and the Longueuil Legal Aid Office. In addition, she was a lecturer at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Justice Roy holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Université Laval and a master’s in law from the Université de Montréal.

Mr. Justice Gregory Moore graduated from McGill University in 1994 with degrees in civil law and common law. After a clerkship at the Federal Court, he joined the Department of Justice Canada before entering private practice. He practised civil litigation, representing individuals and businesses in intellectual property, medical liability, and contractual disputes. He was also a certified mediator.

In 2014-2015, Justice Moore was the Bâtonnier of the Bar of Montreal. In this capacity, he worked to promote participatory justice and the vibrant diversity of the city’s 14,000 lawyers. He served on the Executive and Finance Committees of the Barreau du Québec, as well as its Conseil général. Justice Moore also taught intellectual property law and business ethics at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, and has lectured and published articles on a variety of legal issues.

Prior to his appointment, Justice Moore practiced with Joli-Cœur Lacasse s.e.n.c.r.l.

Excerpts from Justice Moore’s judicial application will be available shortly.

Quick Facts 

  • Budget 2017 includes additional funding of $55 million over five years beginning in 2017-2018 and $15.5 million per year thereafter for 28 new federally appointed judges. Of these new positions, 12 have been allotted to Alberta and one to the Yukon, with the remaining 15 being assigned to a pool for needs in other jurisdictions.
  • To ensure a judiciary that is responsive, ethical and sensitive to the evolving needs of Canadian society, the Canadian Judicial Council will receive $2.7 million over five years and $0.5 million ongoing thereafter. This will support programming on judicial education, ethics and conduct, including in relation to gender and cultural sensitivity.
  • Federal judicial appointments are made by the Governor General, acting on the advice of the federal Cabinet and recommendations from the Minister of Justice.
  • The Judicial Advisory Committees across Canada play a key role in evaluating judicial applications. There are 17 Judicial Advisory Committees, with each province and territory represented.
  • Significant reforms to the role and structure of the Judicial Advisory Committees, aimed at enhancing the independence and transparency of the process, were announced on October 20, 2016.
  • The Judicial Advisory Committees in 15 jurisdictions have been reconstituted. Most recently, Minister Wilson-Raybould announced the composition of five new Judicial Advisory Committees on June 28, 2017.
  • This process is separate from the Supreme Court of Canada judicial appointment process opened on July 14, 2017. Nominees to the Supreme Court of Canada are selected by the Prime Minister from a thoroughly vetted list of candidates. 

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Contacts

For more information, media may contact: 

Kathleen Davis
Communications and Parliamentary Affairs Advisor
Office of the Minister of Justice
613-992-4621

Media Relations
Department of Justice Canada
613-957-4207
media@justice.gc.ca


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