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Dadour named to bench in Quebec

Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 12:55 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

The Superior Court of Quebec has a new member. François Dadour, a partner at Poupart, Dadour, Touma and Partners, has been appointed as a justice with the court for the district of Montreal.

A criminal lawyer, Justice Dadour has appeared before all levels of court, including the Quebec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada and has represented both adults and youth.

Justice Dadour was named as a special advocate by the minister of Justice and attorney general of Canada in 2008 and has acted in numerous files as a special advocate (including in a security certificate matter) and as amicus curiae for designated judges of the Federal Court. According to the biography that was released with the notice of his appointment, these roles were tied to procedures dealing with national security, including claims of privilege based on national security, national defence and international relations.

Justice Dadour was a lecturer for the Université de Montréal's faculty of law and for the École du Barreau.

He chaired the criminal law section of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division. Justice Dadour has also received the annual prize awarded by the Association québécoise des avocats et avocates de la défense.    

After living in the Middle East for a number of years, Justice Dadour developed a deep familiarity with Arab and Middle Eastern culture and acquired proficiency in Arabic.

He succeeds Justice Brian Riordan, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Oct. 15, 2017.