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Ottawa promotes judge to N.L. Court of Appeal

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 1:42 PM | By John Chunn


The Department of Justice on Oct. 19 announced that William H. Goodridge, a judge of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, is appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador.

He replaces Justice Michael F. Harrington, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective July 2, 2018.

Justice Goodridge obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1982 from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he received the Clifford H. Lane Memorial Prize for the highest standing in property law. He obtained a B.Comm. (Hons.) from Memorial University in 1979 and was the recipient of a Royal Trust academic scholarship.

He was admitted to the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1982, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and appointed to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2007.

Justice Goodridge is co-chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Judges’ Education Committee and a faculty member for the National Judicial Institute’s regional, national and international education programs.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Justice Goodridge was a full-time practitioner focusing on civil litigation with a regional law firm. He was also a part-time sessional lecturer at Memorial University.

Internationally, Justice Goodridge has assisted in the design and delivery of judicial and legal education programs in Vietnam, Pakistan and several East African countries.

Justice Goodridge was president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada from 2006 to 2007 and chair of the Canadian Judges’ Forum from 2014 to 2015.

In 2007, he received the Canadian Bar Association (Newfoundland and Labrador Branch) Distinguished Public Service Award.

Justice Goodridge was married to the late Janet Murphy Goodridge. He has four children and one grandchild.