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New chief judge’s personal ties prompt scrutiny of N.B. appointment process

Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 7:58 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

New Brunswick won praise this week for achieving gender parity on its provincial court, but the impending promotion to chief judge of a jurist with close friendship ties to the province’s premier and top judge has drawn attention to the appointment process.

Brian GallantOn April 25 Liberal Premier Brian Gallant announced the appointment of five female jurists (three of them Crowns) to the provincial court, as well as the promotion to its chief judge, of provincial court Judge Jolène Richard of Moncton, effective June 2 when...