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Sheilah Martin named new justice to the Supreme Court of Canada

Sheilah Martin named new justice to the Supreme Court of Canada
From CBC - November 29, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nominated Alberta-based SheilahMartin to theSupreme Court of Canada.

Martin was first appointed as a judge in 2005, andserved on the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta in Calgary until June 2016, when she was appointed as a judge of the Courts of Appeal of Alberta, the Northwest Territoriesand Nunavut.

She has also served as a deputyjudge for the Supreme Court of Yukon since 2009.

Her 30-year legal career has focused on Indigenous issues,education, equality rights and increasing the number of underrepresented groups in law schools and the legal profession. A news release from the Prime Minister's Office also touted her awards, including the Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship, the Law Society of Alberta's Certificate of Meritand the YWCA's Advancement of Women Award.

Trudeau praised Martin's accomplishments as an asset to the top court.

"She has a breadth of experience, is an extraordinary jurist and has experience right across the country, including in the North," he said. "She's going to be a great voice on the Supreme Court."

Chief justice to be named mid-December

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