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Ottawa elevates judge to Superior Court of Quebec

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 3:00 PM | By John Chunn

The Department of Justice announced on Nov. 9 that Jean-Sébastien Vaillancourt, a judge of the Court of Quebec, has been appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal. He replaces Justice J.L. Brunton, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective July 1, 2018.

Justice Vaillancourt obtained an LL.B. from the Université de Montréal in 1994 and was called to the Quebec bar in 1995. He began his legal career practising family law with the firm of Parizeau, Peryer Avocats in 1995.

In 1999, he joined the Centre communautaire juridique in Longueuil, where he practised family and civil law. In 2009, he was appointed the director of the Longueuil legal aid office (civil section), while continuing to maintain a litigation practice before the Court of Appeal, Superior Court and Court of Quebec, as well as before a number of administrative tribunals. In 2015, he was appointed deputy director general of the Centre communautaire juridique de la Rive-Sud.

In 2016, Justice Vaillancourt was appointed a judge of the Court of Quebec for the district of Longueuil. Since his appointment to the bench, he has been a member of the civil chamber, as well as of various committees of the Court of Quebec.

Justice Vaillancourt was extensively involved in his community and with the Barreau until his appointment to the bench. In addition to serving on the boards of several organizations, he served as bâtonnier of Longueuil in 2012-2013, a member of the General Council of the Barreau du Québec from 2011 to 2013, and a member of several statutory committees of the Barreau du Québec and the Barreau de Longueuil. He also taught civil liability at the Quebec bar school and has been a speaker and author on civil procedure and family law.

Throughout his time as a lawyer and judge, he has been committed to promoting access to justice. During his term as bâtonnier of Longueuil, he adopted the theme of “Justice for All.”