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Two new judges for Quebec Superior Court

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 12:58 PM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice announced on Dec. 11 the following two judicial appointments for the province of Quebec:

Guylaine Duplessis, a partner at Duplessis Robillard Avocats, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal. She replaces Justice Michael Stober, who passed away on Aug. 24, 2018.

Lyne Décarie, general counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal. She replaces Justice S.W. Hamilton, who was appointed to the Court of Appeal of Quebec on Aug. 29, 2018.

Justice Duplessis earned a bachelor of laws from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1981 and was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1982. Upon her appointment to the bench, she was a partner with the firm of Duplessis Robillard Avocats in Montreal, where she practised primarily in the areas of family law and human rights law. In the course of her practice, she frequently appeared before Quebec’s Superior Court and Court of Appeal.

In addition, until her appointment, Justice Duplessis taught family law, civil evidence and civil representation at the École du Barreau du Québec. Throughout her career, she also lectured extensively on family law topics.

Justice Duplessis was also active in the Barreau de Montréal, serving on numerous committees. In particular, she chaired the Barreau’s Superior Court Family Issues Liaison Committee. In order to improve access to justice for all citizens, she joined the Barreau’s committees on reducing legal costs and on the Lawyer’s Guide to Limited Scope Representation. A member of the Canadian Bar Association, she was an executive member of the Family Law Section, Quebec Division, for two years.

At the time of her appointment, Justice Duplessis was a member of the Barreau du Québec’s Arbitration Council on lawyer’s accounts. She also served as an ad hoc syndic for the Barreau du Québec.

Justice Décarie has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1990. She received a B.A. in political science from the Université de Montréal (1986) and a bachelor of civil law from the University of Ottawa (1989). She began her career with the Office of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions of Quebec, in Montreal, where she joined the team focused on crimes against the person, with an emphasis on sexual assault cases. She was also responsible for prosecutions in Nunavik and Nunavut.

In 2000, Justice Décarie joined the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, where she practised in the areas of organized crime and narcotics. In 2003, she served as a prosecutor for the Serious Crimes Unit in Timor-Leste, a United Nations joint tribunal created to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of crimes against humanity. In 2005, she joined the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where she handled war crimes cases.

Returning to work for the federal Crown in 2007, she focused primarily on matters of national security. After her appointment as deputy chief federal prosecutor for the Quebec Regional Office and serving as acting chief federal prosecutor for the Atlantic Region, she was appointed general counsel in 2011. As a specialist in national security, Justice Décarie co-ordinated federal terrorism cases in Quebec. She also delivered training and presentations to many organizations in Canada and abroad. In 2013, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work as a prosecutor within Canada and overseas.