Oct
27
2017

Premier MacLauchlan welcomes judicial appointments

The following is a statement from Premier Wade MacLauchlan, minister of Justice and Public Safety and attorney general.

I am pleased to extend congratulations to Honourable Tracey L. Clements on being promoted to chief justice of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island, and to congratulate Terri A. MacPherson, Q.C. and James W. Gormley, Q.C. on their appointments as justices of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island.

With these three appointments, our Supreme Court bench returns to its full complement of five justices. This will ensure that our trial courts retain their well-deserved reputation for efficient and top-calibre administration of justice.

On a personal note, as a former professor of justices Clements, Gormley, and MacPherson, I am confident that our province will be well served by the appointment of these highly qualified legal professionals.

On behalf of all Islanders, I extend sincere thanks to Justice Gordon Campbell for serving as acting chief justice since the beginning of 2017, and I thank Justice Jacqueline R. Matheson and Justice B. Taylor for their service to our province.

Media contact:
Katie MacDonald
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Backgrounder

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, today announced the appointment of the Honourable Tracey L. Clements, a judge of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island, to the position of chief justice of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island.

She replaces the Honourable Jacqueline R. Matheson, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective January 1, 2017, after 29 years of distinguished service as a judge.

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, also announced appointments to the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island.

  • Terri A. MacPherson, Q.C., Prothonotary of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Prince Edward Island, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island. She replaces Mr. Justice B. Taylor, who resigned effective August 17, 2017.
  • James W. Gormley, Q.C., a partner with Stewart McKelvey in Charlottetown, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island. He replaces Madam Justice T.L. Clements, who has been appointed to the position of chief justice.

Biography for the Honourable Tracey L. Clements https://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2017/10/27/prime-minister-announces-appointment-new-chief-justice-supreme-court-prince-edward.

Biographies for Terri A. MacPherson, Q.C. and James W. Gormley, Q.C. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-justice/news/2017/10/government_of_canadaannouncesjudicialappointmentsintheprovinceof0.html

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