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Justice Simonsen promoted to Court of Appeal for Manitoba

Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 12:00 PM | By John Chunn


Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on Aug. 31 announced the promotion of Judge Karen I. Simonsen of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba, to the Court of Appeal for Manitoba. She replaces Justice Marc Monnin, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Justice Simonsen received her LL.B. from the University of Manitoba in 1981 and was admitted to the Manitoba bar in 1982. She was appointed to the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench (General Division) in December 2004.

Justice Simonsen articled with the Winnipeg law firm of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, where she continued to practise civil litigation, as both an associate and partner, until her appointment to the bench.

During her more than 13 years as a trial judge, Justice Simonsen heard a full range of civil, criminal and constitutional cases. She brings this extensive trial experience to the Court of Appeal.

While on the Court of Queen’s Bench, Justice Simonsen contributed to the administration of justice in many ways, including as chair of several committees through which she made important contributions in the area of access to justice. She served as chair of the court’s e-discovery committee, the court’s small claims practices committee, and the Queen’s Bench rules committee. As chair of the rules committee, she guided and oversaw comprehensive amendments to the court’s rules in civil matters, aimed at addressing issues of efficiency, proportionality and access to justice. Justice Simonsen has also been involved in presentations to the profession about court rules and civil practice.