Government of Canada announces judicial appointments in the province of Québec

News release

May 14, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada  

The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the judicial application process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Jocelyn Pilote, partner at Larouche Lalancette Pilote Avocats in Alma, is appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Chicoutimi. Mr. Justice Pilote replaces Mr. Justice C. Lachance (Chicoutimi), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective October 15, 2019.

Isabelle Germain, partner at Stein Monast in Québec, is appointed a puisne Judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Québec. Madam Justice Germain replaces Madam Justice M. Lacroix (Québec), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective January 1, 2020.


Justice Jocelyn Pilote was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1987 after earning a Bachelor of Laws degree from Université Laval in 1986.

Mr. Justice Pilote entered professional practice at the Larouche Lalancette et Associés law firm in Alma and became a partner of Larouche Lalancette Pilote Avocats in 1991. Prior to his appointment, he practised civil and commercial litigation in various areas of law, such as securities, bankruptcy and insolvency law, agri-food law, and municipal law. He has pleaded before various administrative tribunals, the Court of Quebec, the Superior Court of Quebec, and the Court of Appeal of Quebec. He also practised corporate and commercial law and acted as legal counsel in numerous commercial transactions. He has served as an arbitrator for the Barreau du Québec’s conciliation and account arbitration service for a number of years.

Justice Pilote has been active in his community throughout his years of practice. He has been a member of the Collège d’Alma Board of Directors and a member of the Alma Richelieu Club for 25 years. He also chaired both of these organizations for two years.

Justice Pilote and his wife, teacher Sylvie Girard, are the proud parents of three children.

Justice Isabelle Germain earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from Université Laval in 1998 and was called to the Barreau du Québec in 2000. Additionally, she holds a certificate in business administration from Université Laval, also obtained in 1998.

Madam Justice Germain began her career as a lawyer with the Ogilvy Renault law firm (now Norton Rose Fulbright) in the Québec City, in the area of civil litigation and insurance. In 2001, she joined McCarthy Tétrault in the City of Québec, where she practised as a lawyer in professional liability, disciplinary law, civil and commercial litigation, and bankruptcy and insolvency until 2016. For the past three years, she has been a partner at the Stein Monast law firm, practising in the same areas of law. From the start of her career, she has helped recruit, train and mentor young lawyers.

Along with her practice, Justice Germain is involved with both her Bar and her community. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Barreau de Québec as well as many committees. In particular, she is Chair of the Barreau de Québec’s Superior Court Liaison Committee. Lastly, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Université Laval Club de soccer du Rouge et Or soccer club.

Quick facts

  • At the Superior Court level, more than 350 judges have been appointed since November 2015. These exceptional jurists represent the diversity that strengthens Canada. Of these judges, more than half are women, and appointments reflect an increased representation of visible minorities, Indigenous, LGBTQ2S, and those who self-identify as having a disability.

  • The Government of Canada is committed to promoting access to justice for all Canadians. To improve outcomes for Canadian families, Budget 2018 provides funding of $77.2 million over four years to support the expansion of unified family courts, beginning in 2019-2020. This investment in the family justice system will create 39 new judicial positions in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • In addition, Budget 2018 provides funding for a further seven judicial positions in Saskatchewan and Ontario, at a cost of $17.1 million over five years.

  • 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.


For more information, media may contact:

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Justice

Media Relations
Department of Justice Canada

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