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Manitoba judge moves up to Court of Queen’s Bench

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 1:11 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Justice R. Kenneth Champagne, who sat on the provincial court of Manitoba, has a new assignment. He has been appointed as a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Justice Champagne has been deeply involved in all areas of the administration of justice and has a particular focus on increasing and improving access to justice.

For seven years, he served as chief judge of the provincial court. In 2016, he was presented the president’s award of excellence by the Manitoba Bar Association for his demonstrated excellence and commitment to the law, the legal profession and the community at large.

Before becoming a judge, Justice Champagne was a Crown attorney with Manitoba Justice — which required him to travel extensively to remote First Nations communities in northern Manitoba — and a senior Crown counsel in Winnipeg.

A Métis, Justice Champagne lives in his home community and has maintained deep ties to the province’s Aboriginal communities. He was honoured with an eagle feather for his work with the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Community Justice Workers Program, and he recently served as a member of the United Nations Expert Group on Restorative Justice.

He replaces Justice Douglas N. Abra, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective July 10, 2017.