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Ottawa makes two appointments to N.L. court

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 12:26 PM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice on May 23 announced the following judicial appointments for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador:

Gillian D. Butler, a judge of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, is appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador and a judge ex officio of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, effective May 1, 2019.  Justice Butler replaces Justice Charles White, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective May 1.

Glen L.C. Noel, a partner at Cox & Palmer in St. John’s, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador and a judge ex officio of the province’s Court of Appeal. Justice Noel replaces Justice David Peddle, who resigned effective Jan. 31, 2019.

According to the Justice Canada press release, Justice Butler was born in St. John’s and raised with middle-class values. She received her B. Comm. (Hons) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and her LL.B. from the University of Alberta. After her 1980 call to the bar, she dedicated 27 years in private practice to family law, civil litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.

At various times within this period Justice Butler also chaired the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission and acted as an adjudicator for both the provincial and federal human rights tribunals. She was a frequent presenter for the Law Society of Newfoundland and other professional associations at continuing legal education programs within and outside the province. She successfully argued two cases before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Butler was appointed to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in March 2007 and served at the judicial district of Corner Brook, the Family Division in St. John’s, and the General Division in St. John’s. She was chair, co-chair and member respectively of the Court’s Access to Justice, Education, and Rules committees. On a national level, Justice Butler is vice-president of the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges.

Justice Noel was born and raised in St. Anthony, N.L.. He attended Grenfell College in Corner Brook before earning a B.A. from Memorial University in 1987 and an LL.B. from Dalhousie Law School in 1990. He served articles under Edward Roberts and was called to the bar in 1991. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2018.

He practised his entire career at Cox & Palmer and its predecessor firms in civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and appellate advocacy, including appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada. He was consistently recognized by his peers as a leading practitioner in insurance law, commercial insurance litigation and personal injury law.

Justice Noel has had extensive involvement in the legal profession and community, including most recently as chair of the Law Society Discipline Committee and member of the Judicial Council of the provincial court of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was an elected bencher (2002–10) and past president of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. He has been an instructor at the Bar Admission Course and presented numerous continuing legal education seminars to members of the bar. In other community activities, he has been a member of the Hockey NL Constitutional Committee and the St. John’s Minor Hockey Association Executive and honorary solicitor to the Canadian Cancer Society (NL).

Despite a demanding career, he has completed 25 Tely 10 races and several marathons, including Boston and Chicago, and he intends to run in Berlin this fall.