Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces a judicial appointment in the province of New Brunswick
March 28, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada
The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the judicial application process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit, and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.
Danys R.X. Delaquis, Q.C., Partner at Canty Lutz Delaquis Grant in Saint John, is appointed a Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Family Division. Justice Delaquis replaces Justice B. Noble (Fredericton), who resigned effective September 15, 2021. Due to internal Court transfers, the vacancy is located in Saint John.
“I wish Justice Delaquis every success in his new role. I know he will serve the people of New Brunswick well as a member of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick.”
—The Hon. David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Justice Danys R.X. Delaquis, Q.C., is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received his B.A. (Honours) from the University of Winnipeg in 1991 and his Master’s in History from the Université de Moncton in 1994. He completed his Bachelor of Laws at the Université de Moncton in 1997 and was called to the Bar of New Brunswick in 1998. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2020.
Justice Delaquis has maintained a bilingual practice in the field of civil litigation since his call to the bar. He has been a partner at Canty Lutz Delaquis Grant since 2006. He has appeared as a litigator in all judicial districts in New Brunswick and at the Court of Appeal. He has also appeared before various administrative tribunals and acted as Vice-Chair of the Worker’s Compensation Appeals Tribunal.
Justice Delaquis has shown his commitment to volunteering for the Law Society of New Brunswick by being Lead Instructor for the French Civil Procedure Section of the Bar Course for many years. He has also participated in numerous CBA conferences both as chair and as a presenter in addition to being a member of the CBA-CLE Committee. Justice Delaquis was a member of the Board of Regents of the Université de Moncton and of the boards of l’Association régionale de la Communauté francophone de Saint-Jean and the Canadian Cancer Society in Saint John. He has also been a minor league hockey coach.
At the Superior Court level, more than 515 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, LGBTQ2+, 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.
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 Government of Canada is committed to promoting a justice system in which sexual assault matters are decided fairly, without the influence of myths and stereotypes, and in which survivors are treated with dignity and compassion. Changes to the Judges Act and Criminal Code that came into force on May 6, 2021, mean that in order to be eligible for appointment to a provincial superior court, candidates must agree to participate in continuing education on matters related to sexual assault law and social context, which includes systemic racism and systemic discrimination. The new legislation enhances the transparency of decisions by amending the Criminal Code to require that judges provide written reasons, or enter them into the record, when deciding sexual assault matters.
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