Karen Rose appointed as new Prothonotary

The Province is pleased to announce Karen Rose has been appointed as the Prothonotary of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island.

“I want to congratulate Karen on her permanent appointment. As I said when she was appointed on an acting basis, she is a professional with the knowledge and skills that are important to this important position of the Courts. She has been acting in the role the past three months and has done a great job.”

- Justice and Public Safety Minister Bloyce Thompson

The Prothonotary serves as the chief legal officer of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island. This role is essential to ensuring the courts operate as effectively and efficiently as possible. The Prothonotary can oversee small claims mediation, acting as the Registrar of the Courts and working closely with the Rules Committee for the Court of Appeal and Supreme Courts.

The appointment of Karen Rose begins effectively immediately and is valid for a 10-year period.

Media contact:
Vicki Tse
Department of Justice and Public Safety


Karen Rose received a B.A. from UPEI in 1988, and graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1992. She enjoyed private practice in Summerside, and then moved to Charlottetown in 1995, focusing on civil litigation and family law. She was appointed PEI’s first Information and Privacy Commissioner in 2002. She and her family resided in Ontario for several years, where she earned an MBA from Brock University. After she returned to PEI, she was appointed Information and Privacy Commissioner again in 2015, until her five-year term ended earlier this year. Karen and her husband Angus Orford reside in Charlottetown with their three children.

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