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Federal Court gets new associate chief justice

Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 3:44 PM | By John Chunn

The federal government announced on Dec. 13 that Jocelyne Gagné has been appointed as associate chief justice of the Federal Court.

Justice Gagné fills a new position for the Federal Court, created to assist in managing a growing and increasingly complex caseload.

“I wish Jocelyne Gagné every success as the new associate chief justice of the Federal Court,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a press release. “With six years of service as a judge, as well as extensive experience in commercial and civil litigation, I know she will serve Canadians well in this new role.”

Justice Gagné was appointed to the Federal Court on May 31, 2012. In addition to her work on the Federal Court, she was cross-appointed to the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada in March 2013 and to the Competition Tribunal in February 2017.

Prior to becoming a judge, Justice Gagné spent over 20 years as a member of the Quebec bar, practising as a litigator with two large Montreal firms. She maintained a varied practice, with experience in different areas of civil and commercial litigation, including intellectual property law.

While in practice, Justice Gagné served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association Business Law Section (2007-2012) and president of the CBA Commercial Litigation Committee (2009-2011). She has been a speaker at numerous conferences and has volunteered with several charitable organizations.

Born in Kingston, Ont., Justice Gagné studied economics at the Université du Québec à Montréal and holds a bachelor of laws from the Université de Montréal. She was called to the Quebec bar in 1990.