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Two judges appointed to N.B. Court of Queen’s Bench

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 10:28 AM | By John Chunn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Nov. 19 announced that Michelle Boudreau-Dumas and Kathryn Gregory have been appointed judges of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench.

According to the DOJ press release, Boudreau-Dumas, a family solicitor at the New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission in Campbellton, replaces Justice Michel A. Robichaud (Bathurst), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Nov. 19, 2019.

Gregory, Crown prosecutor for the Office of the Attorney General of New Brunswick in Fredericton, replaces Justice Judy L. Clendening (Fredericton), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective May 15, 2020. The chief justice has transferred Justice Thomas C. Christie (Saint John) into this vacancy, therefore the vacancy is located in Saint John.

Justice Boudreau-Dumas is from Cocagne, N.B. She received her LL.B. from Université de Moncton in 1991 and was called to the Law Society of New Brunswick in 1992.

Justice Boudreau-Dumas is fluently bilingual and practised law with the New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission since 2001 as a family law attorney. Prior to holding this position, she was in private practice, working in the areas of family law, real estate law and estate law. She lives in Balmoral, where she established her practice with her husband from 1996 to 2001 in the law firm of Guy Dumas. She also has training in mediation and collaborative law.

Justice Boudreau-Dumas has served as a speaker at information sessions for the public and her colleagues at the commission. She has served on the CBA New Brunswick Family Law Advisory Committee and Professional Development Committee. 

Justice Gregory was born and raised in Fredericton. She attended the University of New Brunswick, obtaining her BA with honours. She also earned a master of arts in legal philosophy at Queen’s University in Kingston and a bachelor of laws from Osgoode Hall.

Justice Gregory began her legal career in private practice in Fredericton at the boutique firm of Athey, Gregory & Dickson. She had a general practice for six years until 2003, when she became a Crown prosecutor with New Brunswick Public Prosecution Services. Her years in private practice and in prosecutions have given her extensive experience in civil and criminal litigation, including family, contract, employment, tort and insurance law. Since 2014, Justice Gregory has worked as the Appeals and Education Crown counsel handling all criminal appeals to the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, with numerous appearances at the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2017, she was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

Justice Gregory has been an adjunct professor at the University of New Brunswick Law School. She has also lectured at St. Thomas University, served as a panellist for the National Judicial Institute and been a frequent guest speaker for a variety of organizations. She is a member of the Complaints Committee of the New Brunswick Law Society and a board member of Jobs Unlimited, which assists those with intellectual disadvantages.