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New chief justice appointed for P.E.I.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 3:52 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Justice Tracey L. Clements, who was only appointed to the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island in the spring, has been named as its chief justice.

Before being called to the bench, the native-born Island resident (from High Bank) was a member of Stewart McKelvey and had a general litigation practice, where she worked on cases including labour and employment and human rights law. She was also chair of the insurance section of the P.E.I. branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and a member of the Law Society of P.E.I.’s continuing legal education committee.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey L. Clements as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island. A proud Islander, her understanding — and deep appreciation — of Canada’s judicial system has been honed over a 20-year career as a practising lawyer in P.E.I. and, more recently, as a judge on the province’s Supreme Court. I trust that she will bring diligence, integrity and honour to her new role,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

She replaces Justice Jacqueline R. Matheson, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Jan. 1, 2017, after 29 years of distinguished service as a judge.