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Three appointments for N.B. Court of Queen’s Bench

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 3:17 PM | By John Chunn


The federal Department of Justice on June 4 announced the following judicial appointments for the province of New Brunswick:

Christa Bourque, a partner at McInnes Cooper in Moncton, is appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Family Division. Justice Bourque fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Justice Tracey K. DeWare to chief justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench.

Arthur T. Doyle, a partner at Cox & Palmer in Saint John, is appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench, Trial Division. Justice Doyle replaces Justice William T. Grant, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Oct. 28, 2018.

Robert M. Dysart, a partner at Stewart McKelvey in Moncton, is appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench, Trial Division. Justice Dysart replaces Justice S. McNally, who retired effective April 11, 2019.

According to the Department of Justice’s press release, Justice Bourque was born in Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories (now Iqualuit, Nunavut), and grew up in Moncton. She attended l’Université de Moncton, where she obtained a bachelor of business administration, followed by her LL.B. which she completed in 1994. Justice Bourque was called to the bar in 1995 and began her legal career in Saint John with the firm of Barry & O’Neil. In 1998, she returned to Moncton and joined the law firm of McInnes Cooper, where she has practised for the past 21 years.

Justice Bourque’s practice covers a range of areas including insurance litigation, municipal law and commercial litigation. She specializes in advising clients in the area of insurance law, including life and disability claims. She has appeared before the Court of Queen’s Bench on many occasions, as well as before the New Brunswick Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

A dedicated member of the New Brunswick Law Society, Justice Bourque served as a member of the New Brunswick Law Foundation for 10 years. She then became a member of the Discipline Committee and was recently appointed vice‐chair. She has lectured on many topics at the New Brunswick Bar Admission course in both French and English. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2016.

For many years, Justice Bourque served as a lay councillor for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick. She was a member of the board of trustees and Bursary Committee of l’Université de Moncton Law School and has acted as a judge in various moot court competitions, including the Laskin.

In 2018, Justice Bourque completed the mediating disputes program at Harvard Law School and has since acted as a mediator in a number of matters.

Justice Doyle received his B.Sc. from the University of New Brunswick and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He began his legal career with Patterson Palmer Hunt Murphy (a predecessor firm of Cox & Palmer) in 1995, where he completed his articles of clerkship.

From 1998 until rejoining Cox & Palmer as a partner in 2004, Justice Doyle was associated with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, a New York–based international law firm. He represented companies throughout the United States, Canada and Europe on transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, financing transactions, and reorganizations.

Since rejoining Cox & Palmer, Justice Doyle continued to represent companies in similar transactions. He also had a corporate finance/securities law practice and was involved in many of Canada’s national securities offerings and other corporate finance/securities law-related transactions originating in the United States and abroad.

Justice Doyle has served as a volunteer and director on a number of Canadian organizations.

Justice Dysart was born and raised in Moncton. He obtained degrees in history and English literature from Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick before returning to Dalhousie to study law. He obtained his bachelor of laws in 1996. Justice Dysart articled with the law firm Stewart McKelvey in Saint John before transferring to the firm’s Moncton office in 1998. He was admitted as a partner of the firm in 2004, and he remained with Stewart McKelvey throughout his career. He maintained a broad bilingual litigation practice, including insurance, construction and commercial litigation. In recent years, his practice was focused on health law, medical malpractice defence and professional regulatory matters.

Justice Dysart contributed to his profession by volunteering with the Canadian Bar Association (NB) and by acting as an elected member of council and as past chair of the Insurance Law Section. He was a frequent presenter in the areas of health, insurance and construction law. He was a guest lecturer at the University of New Brunswick Law School in Health Law, and he was an instructor at the Law Society of New Brunswick’s Bar Admission Course in Civil Litigation for many years. He received his Queen’s Counsel designation in 2018, and he was admitted as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America that same year.