Government announces new Chief Provincial Court Judge

Bloyce Thompson, Attorney General of Prince Edward Island, confirms today that Jeffrey E. Lantz has been appointed as the new Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Prince Edward Island.

“Judge Lantz has been an integral part of the provincial bench for the past 15 years. His dedication to encouraging healthy and thriving communities throughout his career has served Islanders well. As he begins his new expanded role, I have no doubt he will continue to serve Islanders with fairness and thoughtfulness.”

- Minister of Justice and Attorney General Bloyce Thompson

Judge Nancy K. Orr was named Chief Provincial Judge in 2015 and has completed her five-year appointment.

“I thank Judge Orr for her time as Chief Provincial Court Judge. There have been many notable moments in our provincial judicial history, and most recently under her leadership, the courts have adapted provincial court operations to protect the health and safety of all Islanders while ensuring timely access to the justice system,” Thompson said. “I know she will continue to serve Islanders well as one of our prominent Island jurists.”

Judge Lantz will begin his five-year term as Chief Provincial Court Judge effective immediately.

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Jeffrey E. Lantz earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Prince Edward Island in 1984 and completed his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of New Brunswick three years later. He clerked at Scales Jenkins & McQuaid before becoming an associate at Matheson & Murray. 

From 2000-2003, Lantz held prominent Cabinet positions under the Binns’ administration as Minister of Education, Tourism and as Attorney General of Prince Edward Island. He returned to private practice for two years at Cox Hanson O’Reilly Matheson before being called to the bench in September 2005 as a Provincial Court Judge. He also held positions at the Canadian Bar Association - PEI Branch, as well as the PEI Law Society.

Judge Lantz has been a member of the Board of Directors and several committees of the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges for the past fourteen years. 

Jeff and his wife, Shelly, are the proud parents of two children, Olivia and Matthew.

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