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Feds promote Alberta judge to Court of Queen’s Bench

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 1:09 PM | By John Chunn


The federal Department of Justice announced on April 17 that Susan E. Richardson, a judge of the provincial court of Alberta, is appointed a justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, and a judge ex officio of the Court of Appeal of Alberta.

Justice Richardson would fill one of five remaining positions allocated under Bill C-44, the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1.

According to Justice Canada’s press release, Justice Richardson was born in Montreal into a military family. She lived in four provinces and two countries until settling as a young adult in Edmonton. For the past eight years, she has served on the provincial court of Alberta in the criminal division.

A lifelong learner, she obtained a bachelor of arts from the University of Alberta (1987), a law degree from Osgoode Hall (1990), a master of arts from the University of Alberta (2008) and a graduate level Strategic Management Certificate from Harvard University (2017). She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Alberta Law School and an active moot court mentor to law students.

Before her appointment to the court, she practised law for 18 years, primarily as a Crown prosecutor. In addition, she completed a one-year secondment to a financial institution and another one-year secondment to Aboriginal litigation services with the Department of Justice.

In the community, Justice Richardson has deep roots dedicating her time to organizations that foster social inclusion for immigrants, seniors and adults with developmental disabilities.  After law school, she worked for over a year as a mental health social worker before deciding to article and practise law.

Justice Richardson lives in Edmonton with her partner and their two adult children.