Government launches Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee

Attorney General Bloyce Thompson announced today the creation of a Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee to begin the selection process for a new Provincial Court Judge in light of Judge John R. A. Douglas’ upcoming resignation.

“Judge Douglas has served the Province of Prince Edward Island with great fairness and distinction for the past 23 years. His legacy to our judicial system will be one of empathy, compassion and optimism of a better future for all. On behalf of myself and all Islanders, I wish to thank Judge Douglas and wish him the very best in his future endeavours.”

- Attorney General Bloyce Thompson

The Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee is formed only when a provincial judicial appointment is required. The committee will include Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy K. Orr as chair, Robin Aitken as the representative of the PEI branch of the Canadian Bar Association, Robert MacGregor as representative of the Law Society of PEI and Forrest Spencer and Julie Devon Dodd, two Islanders appointed by the Attorney General for their in depth knowledge of important matters before the courts, including issues affecting victims and offenders.

The Executive Council Office will receive confidential recommendations from the committee once applications have been reviewed according to the Provincial Court Act. 

“The appointment of a new provincial judge is of significant importance today and for generations to come. That is why it is critical that we continue receiving independent, non-partisan advice from this committee. I am confident that this process will be one that is fair and balanced, and that the next provincial court judge will be a highly qualified individual who will have a great deal to offer to the provincial court,” Thompson said. 

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