Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced three judicial appointments.
The Honourable Paul S. Crampton, a judge of the Federal Court, is appointed Chief Justice to replace the Honourable A.F. Lutfy who became a supernumerary judge on October 1, 2011. Mr. Justice Crampton was appointed to the Federal Court in 2009.
The Honourable Austin F. Cullen, a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, is appointed Associate Chief Justice to replace Madam Justice A.W. MacKenzie who was appointed to the British Columbia Court of Appeal effective December 31, 2011. Mr. Justice Cullen was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 2001.
The Honourable Martel D. Popescul, a judge of Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan, is appointed Chief Justice to replace Mr. Justice R.D. Laing who elected supernumerary status effective January 1, 2012. Mr. Justice Popescul was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench in 2006.
“These are all remarkable individuals and outstanding legal jurists,” said Prime Minister Harper. “They will all assume key leadership roles in our Canadian superior courts.”