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Ottawa appoints judge to Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 11:52 AM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice announced on Feb. 3 that Naheed Bardai, partner at MLT Aikins LLP in Saskatoon, is appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan.

Justice Bardai replaces Justice Guy A. Chicoine (Estevan), who resigned effective Sept. 6, 2019.

According to the government’s press release, Justice Bardai is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he earned a degree in social sciences and law. After completing his articles in Toronto, Justice Bardai joined the Ottawa law firm of Nelligan O’Brien Payne, where he practised in the areas of civil litigation, construction and condominium law. In 2004, he moved to Saskatchewan to be closer to his spouse, Ayisha, who was studying to become a pediatrician. He spent the last 15 years with the firm of MLT Aikins, where he was a partner in the civil litigation group.

His litigation experience includes handling civil trials in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta, on a host of issues.

Justice Bardai has served in a number of leadership roles. He has served as president of the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, chair of Habitat for Humanity (Saskatoon), vice-chair of Legal Affairs for the Ismaili Muslim Council for the Prairies, president of the Canadian Condominium Institute (Northern Saskatchewan), chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (Ottawa), and a member of the Board of Junior Achievement Saskatchewan. He also served on the committee that reviewed and revised the Saskatchewan Tariff of Costs.

Justice Bardai regularly teaches and conducts seminars for the Canadian Bar Association’s civil litigation section and the CPLED articling student program.

Justice Bardai is fluently bilingual in French and English.