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Justice Department promotes judge to Federal Court of Appeal

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 3:04 PM | By John Chunn


The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced that Justice Anne L. Mactavish, a judge of the Federal Court, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Appeal. Justice Mactavish fills a new position authorized under s. 95 of the Anti-terrorism Act.

Justice Mactavish was born and raised in Montreal. She obtained a BA from Bishop’s University in 1977 and a bachelor of laws from the University of New Brunswick in 1980. Following her call to the Ontario bar in 1982, Justice Mactavish practised law in Ottawa, primarily in the areas of civil litigation and labour and employment law.

In 1995, Justice Mactavish was appointed president of the Human Rights Tribunal Panel, where she was called upon to adjudicate discrimination complaints at the federal level. Following amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act in 1998, she was appointed the first chairperson of the newly constituted Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

Justice Mactavish was appointed to the Federal Court in 2003 and was appointed a judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada in 2004.

Justice Mactavish has been active in professional associations throughout her career, including having served as president of the County of Carleton Law Association and of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. She has published numerous articles on a variety of legal topics and has been a frequent speaker at legal and judicial educational programs, both in Canada and abroad. For many years she chaired the national judicial education program on administrative law for federally appointed judges.