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Feds appoint four judges to Quebec Superior Court

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 3:14 PM | By John Chunn


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

Jean Faullem, a provincial court judge, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the districts of Gatineau, Labelle and Pontiac. Justice Faullem replaces Justice Pierre Dallaire, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Feb. 26, 2019.

Jeffrey Edwards, a provincial court judge, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal. Justice Edwards replaces Justice France Charbonneau, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Feb. 26, 2019.

Anne-France Gagnon, counsel at Gagnon Lavallée Avocates, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal. Justice Gagnon fills a position allocated under Bill C-44.

Judith Harvie, associate general counsel and executive director, media law, at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal. Justice Harvie replaces Justice Mark Peacock, who resigned effective April 12, 2019.

According to the Justice Department’s press release, at the time of his appointment to the Superior Court, Justice Faullem was a co-ordinating judge at the Court of Quebec for the Outaouais region.

After obtaining a bachelor of laws at the University of Sherbrooke in 1993, he joined the private law firm Gosselin, Buissière, Bédard, Ouellet in 1994, where he stayed until 1998. In 1999 he completed his masters of international law at the University of Ottawa.

After a brief stint in the legal department of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Justice Faullem taught Internet, e-commerce and trade law at the University of Ottawa for a few years. During that time, he also gave various lectures and published law articles.

In 2002, Judge Faullem joined Noël et Associés in Gatineau, where he became a partner a few years later. He practised mainly civil litigation, trade and municipal law. He argued and managed numerous trial and appeal cases in Quebec and Ontario. Among other things, he defended the principle of procedural immunity of the Quebec government in proceedings introduced outside the province.

Appointed to the Court of Quebec in 2013, he sat as puisne judge in the civil and criminal divisions. He also sat on various court committees and gave training in civil law and the use of new technologies. He was appointed co-ordinating judge in July 2018.

Justice Edwards has been a judge of the Court of Quebec, Civil Division, in Montreal since his nomination to that court in January 2014.

Justice Edwards obtained a bachelor of civil law and a bachelor of common law from McGill University in 1986. He also obtained a doctorate in law from Université Laval in 1997. As an attorney, Justice Edwards practised at two law firms. From 1987 to 1997, he practised with the firm that became De Grandpré Chait. From 1998 to 2014, he practised at Tutino Edwards Joseph (later Tutino Joseph Grégoire), where he was a partner and head of litigation.

Justice Edwards is the author of several publications in the areas of real estate, construction law and product liability. He is the author of the book La garantie de qualité du vendeur en droit québécois (The Warranty of Quality of the Seller in Quebec Law).

Justice Edwards is an adjunct professor at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Since 1998, he has taught the law of sale and product liability.

As an attorney, Justice Edwards specialized in real estate, construction law and product liability. He was also a chartered mediator and chartered arbitrator.

Justice Gagnon is originally from the Gaspé. She completed her degree in civil law at the University of Ottawa before being called to the Quebec bar in 1992. A partner at Gagnon Lavallée in Gatineau, she practised mainly family law as both attorney and mediator. From her first days in practice, she was very active in the Outaouais legal community. She was president of the Young Bar Association, sat on the Outaouais Bar Association and served in various positions in the Association des avocates en droit de la famille (Outaouais), including as chair.

Knowledge transfer is at the heart of her practice. She taught family law at Quebec’s École du Barreau, and civil litigation, dispute resolution, and family law at the University of Ottawa. She also taught family law to lawyers in the region. Intent on demystifying law and making it accessible to the public, she wrote and presented numerous radio commentaries on family law on Radio-Canada (Ottawa-Gatineau).

Justice Harvie earned a bachelor of laws from the University of Montreal and was called to the Quebec bar in 1997. She was clerk to former justice Charles D. Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada, after which she practised civil litigation at Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Fulbright). In 1999, she joined CBC/Radio-Canada, where she practised media law, constitutional law and civil liberties, administrative law, civil liability, intellectual property, construction law, access to information and penal and criminal law.

Throughout her career, she has given numerous lectures and courses, namely in image rights, libel, the protection of journalistic sources, publication bans, search warrants and class action suits. She was recently a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at McGill, where she taught media law.