Government announces newest Provincial Court Judge
Attorney General Bloyce Thompson confirmed today the appointment of Krista J. MacKay, Q.C., as the newest judge of the Provincial Court of Prince Edward Island.
“As a long-time and an active member of the Summerside and PEI legal community with over 20 years of experience, Judge MacKay will be an incredible addition to the provincial bench. The perspectives she has gained throughout her career will undoubtedly be a benefit to all those who will appear in her court.”
- Minister of Justice and Attorney General Bloyce Thompson
Judge MacKay fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John Douglas, who has served as provincial court judge for the past 23 years. As the second female appointment to the Provincial Court in Prince Edward Island, Judge MacKay will be presiding over provincial court matters in Summerside effective immediately.
“The appointment of Judge MacKay is another positive step for the status of women in our province. Her appointment is an indication of the strong leadership role she has taken in her career,” said Natalie Jameson, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. “She will undoubtedly become a role model for women of all ages and encourage other underrepresented groups to strive towards leadership roles in PEI and beyond.”
Judge MacKay’s experience across the court system in Prince Edward Island as a practitioner working with legal aid in both family and criminal matters, and more recently as the Prothonotary of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, has provided her valuable experience and perspective that will serve the people of this province.
“I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the members of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee for the tremendous work they did these past few months, particularly in light of the constraints COVID-19 created. My colleagues and I appreciate the Committee’s thorough consideration and independent recommendations that resulted in the appointment of Judge MacKay as a strong addition to our Provincial Court.” added Thompson.
Department of Justice and Public Safety
Krista J. MacKay earned a Bachelor of Law at the University of New Brunswick in 1995 and was called to the Bar in 1996. She articled as a clerk and served as an associate at Taylor McLellan in Summerside from 1995 to 1999. She was also an associate at Cox & Palmer from 2001 to2008 before becoming and serving as partner from 2008 to 2015, with a focus on civil and criminal litigation.
In March 2015, Ms. MacKay left private practice and joined the public sector at Legal Aid, practicing both family and criminal law. This same year, she received the Queen’s Counsel designation. She most recently held the position of Prothonotary and Registrar of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Ms. MacKay has been an active member of her community. She has been Chair of Discipline Committee A for the Law Society of PEI since 2012, President of the PEI Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, President of the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Mental Health Review Board and Board Member of Community Connections Inc.
She has also been a professional figure skating coach since 1989 and has coached extensively at the amateur level, including at three Canada Winter Games.
Born and raised in Summerside, she continues to reside there with her husband Scott Bridges and stepson Koby. She is the daughter of Nancy MacKay and the late Dr. W. Allan MacKay.