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Ottawa appoints two judges to Quebec Superior Court

Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 2:33 PM | By John Chunn


The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on May 14 two judicial appointments in the province of Quebec. 

Jocelyn Pilote, partner at Larouche Lalancette Pilote Avocats in Alma, is appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Chicoutimi. Justice Pilote replaces Justice Carl Lachance (Chicoutimi), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Oct. 15, 2019.

Isabelle Germain, partner at Stein Monast in Quebec, is appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Quebec. Justice Germain replaces Justice Michèle Lacroix (Quebec), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Jan. 1, 2020.

According to the DOJ press release, Justice Pilote was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1987 after earning a bachelor of laws degree from Université Laval in 1986.

Justice Pilote entered professional practice at the Larouche Lalancette et Associés law firm in Alma and became a partner of Larouche Lalancette Pilote Avocats in 1991. Prior to his appointment, he practised civil and commercial litigation in various areas of law, such as securities, bankruptcy and insolvency law, agrifood law and municipal law. He has pleaded before various administrative tribunals, the Court of Quebec, the Superior Court of Quebec and the Court of Appeal of Quebec. He also practised corporate and commercial law and acted as legal counsel in numerous commercial transactions. He has served as an arbitrator for the Barreau du Québec’s conciliation and account arbitration service for a number of years.

Justice Germain earned a bachelor of laws degree from Université Laval in 1998 and was called to the Barreau du Québec in 2000. Additionally, she holds a certificate in business administration from Université Laval, also obtained in 1998.

Justice Germain began her career as a lawyer with the Ogilvy Renault law firm (now Norton Rose Fulbright) in Quebec City, in the area of civil litigation and insurance. In 2001, she joined McCarthy Tétraultwhere she practised as a lawyer in professional liability, disciplinary law, civil and commercial litigation and bankruptcy and insolvency until 2016. For the past three years, she has been a partner at Stein Monast, practising in the same areas of law. From the start of her career, she has helped recruit, train and mentor young lawyers.