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Ottawa appoints judge to N.B. Court of Queen’s Bench

Friday, February 07, 2020 @ 11:19 AM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) on Feb. 6 announced that Nathalie Godbout, founding partner at Godbout Fawcett, is appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Family Division.

Justice Godbout replaces Justice Anne Wooder (Fredericton), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Nov. 6, 2017.

According to the DOJ’s press release, Justice Godbout was born and raised in Grand Falls, N.B. She attended St. Thomas University, where she obtained her BA and received the President’s Scholarship. In 1994, she obtained her bachelor of laws (LL.B) from the University of New Brunswick.

Justice Godbout has been practising law for 24 years, is fluently bilingual and has extensive experience in litigation, negotiation and advocacy in the areas of insurance, professional liability and health law.

In 2016, Justice Godbout was recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Distinction for her professional accomplishments and her advocacy for gender-based equity through work, volunteerism and mentoring. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2016. She is a frequent lecturer for the Canadian Bar Association and has co-chaired and organized a number of law conferences for the Association and The Advocates’ Society. She is a member of the Ethics Committee of the New Brunswick Law Society, a long-standing member of the Board of Emera New Brunswick and a past member of the Board of Assumption Life. In keeping with her keen interest in health law, Justice Godbout is a former vice-chair of the New Brunswick Health Council and has sat as a tribunal chair for the Mental Health Tribunal of Southern New Brunswick for 11 years.