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Justice minister appoints two new judges to Quebec's Superior Court

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 2:05 PM | By Paula Kulig


Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced on June 23 the appointment of two new judges to Quebec's Superior Court. Sitting judges will fill four vacancies on the Superior Court and the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Justice Étienne Parent, a judge of the Quebec Court of Appeal, is moving to the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Saint-Maurice (Shawinigan). He replaces Justice Raymond Pronovost, who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

Justice Jocelyn F. Rancourt, a Superior Court judge in Quebec City, is heading to the appeal court to replace Justice Parent. Justice Rancourt will be replaced by Marie-France Vincent, a partner at Baribeau Vincent LLP.

Justice Jean-François Émond, who sits on the Quebec Court of Appeal, has been appointed to the Superior Court for the district of Quebec City. He’ll be trading places with Justice Simon Ruel, who has been elevated from the Superior Court to the appeal court.

Peter Kalichman, a partner at Irving Mitchell Kalichman LLP, has been appointed to the Superior Court for the district of Montreal. He replaces Justice Danielle Mayrand, who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

Justice Parent, who was called to the bar in 1983, was named a puisne judge of the Superior Court in 2006. From 2007 to 2011, he led the commercial division for the district of Quebec. He then became co-ordinating judge for the district of Arthabaska, a position he held until his appointment as a puisne justice of the appeal court in June 2015.

Justice Émond, who was called to the bar in 1989, was appointed to the Superior Court in May 2009. He was the co-ordinating judge of the commercial division for the district of Quebec City from 2010 to 2014. In June 2014, he was appointed to the appeal court.

Justice Rancourt was admitted to the bar in 1985 and appointed to the Superior Court in June 2015.

Justice Ruel was called to the Quebec bar in 1995 and appointed to the Superior Court in 2014. He has experience hearing matters in all areas of law, including criminal, family, constitutional, and civil and commercial.

Justice Vincent, who was admitted to the Quebec bar in 1996, is a partner at Baribeau Vincent LLP. She began her career in Montreal but later moved to Quebec City, where she specialized in family law. As an active member of several liaison committees between the bar and the courts, she has worked with members of the judiciary on reforming family law practice and procedure within the district of Quebec City. She is also known as an accredited family mediator and trial lawyer serving the anglophone community.

Justice Kalichman, who has devoted his entire legal career to civil and commercial litigation, is a partner at Montreal law firm Irving Mitchell Kalichman LLP. In addition to practising as a trial lawyer, he taught trial advocacy at McGill University’s law school for 15 years, and was a regular speaker and panellist on various aspects of litigation. He also served on various committees of the Montreal Bar Association and was named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.