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Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice names new president

Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 12:52 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

For the first time, a lawyer from Quebec has been named as president of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ).


Patrick A. Molinari, Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice

Patrick A. Molinari, a legal counsel in the health law group at Lavery Lawyers, was elected to serve for a two-year term.

He is a professor emeritus at the Université de Montréal and a former director of the school’s Centre de recherche en droit public (Public Law Research Centre). He also served as dean of the faculty of law and vice-principal (administration and finance). Molinari is the founding co-president of the Société de médecine et de droit du Québec. He has also served as an expert adviser to the Law Reform Commission of Canada and to the World Bank.

Molinari has been on the CIAJ board of directors since 2011 and has previously held the role of vice-president.

“A critical first step in improving the administration of justice is education. Educating stakeholders results in a more efficient justice system and ultimately, improves access,” said Molinari.

“CIAJ provides a unique type of education that unites all members of the justice system, including judges, lawyers, administrative tribunal members, legislative drafters, police officers, law students and court users.”

The CIAJ is an umbrella organization which brings together, and encourages exchanges among, individuals and groups concerned with administration of justice issues.