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Feds name judge to N.B. Court of Queen’s Bench

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 12:28 PM | By John Chunn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Feb. 3 announced that Krista L. Colford, a solicitor at the Office of the Attorney General of New Brunswick in Fredericton, has been appointed as a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Family Division.

Justice Colford replaces the vacancy created by the transfer of Justice Marie-Claude Bélanger-Richard (Saint John), into the vacancy created by Justice Collette M. d’Entremont, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective June 4, 2019. The vacancy is in Saint John.

According to a DOJ press release, Justice Colford was born and raised in Fredericton. She studied sociology at Dalhousie University and earned her LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick in 1990. She pursued graduate studies in insolvency and complex litigation at the University of Illinois College of Law before being called to both the Ontario and New Brunswick bars in 1993. She then returned to Fredericton to practise with the firm of Eddy Young Hoyt and Downs and to teach business law as an adjunct professor for the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick. 

In 1997, Justice Colford seized the opportunity to practise with the New Brunswick Office of the Attorney General. She remained in the Legal Services Branch for 23 years, where she worked exclusively in the areas of civil litigation and administrative law. As counsel to the province, she has litigated matters in every judicial district in New Brunswick, appearing before administrative tribunals and all levels of provincial superior courts. She has extensive trial and appellate experience in personal injury law, construction law, contract law and administrative and human rights law. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2016.

Justice Colford is a member of the New Brunswick Law Society, serving the Competence Committee and the Strategic Development Committee of the Rules of Court, where she chaired the Subcommittee on Expert Evidence. She is an active volunteer in her community and has served as a board member for her local minor hockey association.