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Alberta justice lawyer appointed to Court of Queen’s Bench

Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 2:29 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


Marta E. Burns has been named as a justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.

Justice Burns was a senior litigation counsel with the Alberta Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General before the appointment. Prior to joining the public service, she was a litigator who handled tax, commercial, pension, labour and employment law (including administrative law) matters as a partner at Witten LLP. She has appeared before all levels of courts in Alberta, as well as the Tax Court of Canada, the federal courts and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Burns has taught bar admission courses and has been a guest speaker at the University of Alberta, at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and at various Canadian Bar Association meetings. She has also spent time working on social justice causes including tutoring prison inmates and leading two capital campaigns for WINGS of Providence Society, a second-stage shelter for women and children fleeing family violence.

She replaces Justice Doreen A. Sulyma, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Jan. 1, 2018. Justice Burns will preside in Edmonton.