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Feds name replacement for Justice Martin on Alberta Court of Appeal

Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 4:46 PM | By John Chunn


The federal Department of Justice on Dec. 13 appointed Jolaine Antonio, a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, to the Court of Appeal of Alberta in Calgary. She replaces Justice Sheilah Martin, who was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on Dec. 18, 2017.

Justice Antonio earned a B.Sc. with distinction (astrophysics) from the University of Calgary in 1991. She received an LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1994, along with awards in constitutional law and legal writing. In 2015, she was honoured to receive the Women in Law Leadership Award. She was appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in 2016.

Throughout her legal career, Justice Antonio appeared before administrative tribunals, the trial courts of Nova Scotia, Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, the Tax Court of Canada and the trial and appellate divisions of the Federal Court. She gained extensive experience as appellate counsel, having made dozens of appearances in the Supreme Court of Canada and countless appearances in the Alberta Court of Appeal.

As a practising lawyer, Justice Antonio’s greatest expertise was in the field of criminal law and related topics, but also worked in administrative law, tax law and civil litigation. As a justice, she has presided over cases in all areas under the court’s jurisdiction.

At the invitation of organizations including the National Judicial Institute, the National Criminal Law Program, the University of Calgary, the Canadian Bar Association, the Legal Education Society of Alberta, and the prosecution services of Alberta and Canada, Justice Antonio has spoken widely on advocacy skills and substantive law.

Outside her professional commitments, Justice Antonio has coached the University of Calgary’s Gale Cup Moot team from 2008-2013, and helped it to achieve some of the best results in the team’s history. She also has a long history of volunteering in the amateur arts and science outreach.