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Two Superior Court judges appointed in Quebec

Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 2:13 PM | By John Chunn


Jody Wilson-Raybould, Justice minister for Canada, on July 18 announced the appointment of two judges to Quebec's Superior Court of Justice.
                                                                 
Marie-Paule Gagnon, a partner at Stein Monast LLP, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court for the district of Quebec, in and for the province of Quebec. Justice Gagnon received her law degree from Université Laval in 1991 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1992. As a lawyer, she focused primarily on banking law, restructuring, and insolvency, in addition to civil, commercial, and disciplinary litigation. For 10 years prior to her appointment to the judiciary, she was a partner at Stein Monast, after having worked in a national firm for almost 14 years. She represented a diversified clientele, including financial institutions, professional firms, large, medium-sized, and small businesses and individuals. In addition to appearing before different levels of court, she taught courses on security interests, prior claims and hypothecs at the École du Barreau du Québec for 18 years. For several years, she also taught courses on ethics, professional conduct and disciplinary law. She replaces Justice Bernard Godbout, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective June 18, 2017.

Mario Longpré, the assistant chief attorney for criminal law cases in the Office of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court for the district of Montreal, in and for the province of Quebec. He fills a new position that has been created as a result of the passage of Bill C-44. Justice Longpré received a bachelor's degree in law from the Université de Montréal and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1994. He began his career in criminal law in private practice, until 1998, when he became a prosecutor. Throughout his career, he has appeared before all levels of court, including arguing numerous appeals before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2005, Justice Longpré was appointed deputy chief prosecutor for the regulatory and economic prosecutions division. In 2009, he became the head of the team of prosecutors responsible for litigating cases before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, in addition to assuming responsibility for all wiretap warrants in the province of Quebec. In addition to his career as a litigator, since 2015, Justice Longpré has been an instructor at the University of Sherbrooke and has taught criminal law at the École du Barreau du Québec.