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Former law society president appointed to N.B. Court of Queen’s Bench

Monday, November 12, 2018 @ 3:03 PM | By John Chunn

On Nov. 9 the federal Department of Justice announced that Marie-Claude Bélanger-Richard, a partner at Droit Veritas Law, has been appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Family Division, in Saint John. She replaces Justice R.L. Tuck, who passed away on Jan. 27, 2018.  

Justice Bélanger-Richard obtained an LL.B. from the Université de Moncton in 1985. She was called to the New Brunswick bar in 1986.

Justice Bélanger-Richard began her career as a researcher for the chief justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick. She then taught in the Faculty of Law at the Université de Moncton and served as the assistant director of the Centre international de la common law en français.

Justice Bélanger-Richard joined the firm of Stewart McKelvey in 1992, practising mainly in the fields of civil litigation, family law and insurance law. In April 2016, she joined Droit Veritas Law, where she worked exclusively in family law.

In 2003, Justice Bélanger-Richard was appointed Queen’s Counsel. Since 2011, she has been recognized each year for her professional excellence by being named to the “Best Lawyers” ranking in family law.

Justice Bélanger‑Richard has often appeared before the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick and the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick.

Justice Bélanger-Richard has always been a very active member of various professional associations in the legal field. In particular, she was a member of the New Brunswick Council of the Canadian Bar Association, the Council of the Law Society of New Brunswick and the Board of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, serving as a member and as chair of several committees within these associations.

In 2010, Justice Bélanger‑Richard became the first francophone woman to assume the presidency of the Law Society of New Brunswick and, in 2013, was elected president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.