Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces judicial appointments in the province of Québec

OTTAWA, ON, May 26, 2021 / CNW / – The Honorable David Lametti, Attorney General and Attorney General of Canada, announced today the following appointments under the judicial filing process launched in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit and diversity of the Canadian population and continues to ensure the appointment of lawyers who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Pierre A. Béliveau, legal advisor at Marceau & Boudreau Avocats in Blainvilleis appointed Puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Quebec for the Montréal district. Mr Justice Béliveau replaces Mr Justice F. Bachand (Montréal), which was brought before the Court of Appeal with effect 18th November 2020.

Marie-Claude Rigaud, Professor of Law at the Université de Montréal, is appointed Puisne judge at the Supreme Court of Quebec for the Montréal district. Madam Justice Rigaud replaces Ms. Justice Mr. Gaudreau (Montréal) who chose to become a redundant judge 17th December 2020.


“I wish Judges Béliveau and Rigaud every success in their new roles. I am confident that they will serve the people of Québec and the members of the Supreme Court well.”

– The Hon. David Lametti, Attorney General and Attorney General of Canada


justice Peter A.. Béliveau holds an LL.B. from the Université de Montréal in 1989 and was appointed to the Barreau du Québec in 1991.

According to the article with the department for Justice canadaMr Justice Béliveau followed a career in private practice in the Laurentides area. At the time of his appointment, he had been Director of the Family Law Department at Marceau & Boudreau Avocats since 2015.

During his lawyer career, Judge Béliveau appeared on numerous cases before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal of Quebecespecially in family matters, but also in civil matters. From 2012 until his appointment, he taught family law at the École du Barreau. After his call to the Barreau, Justice Béliveau completed his training in family mediation and was one of the first lawyers to work as a mediator in the Laurentides region. Since 2010 he has also been a member of the Comité sur l’arbitrage des comptes d’honoraires des avocats des Barreau du Québec.

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Judge Marie-Claude Rigaud was born in Paris. She is a graduate of the Law Faculty, McGill University (BCL, LL.B.) and the Law Faculty of the Université Paris-Est Créteil (Paris-XII), which awarded her a doctorate (summa cum laude) for her dissertation on transnational arbitration. She has been a member of the Barreau du Québec and a member of the Law Society of since 2003 Ontario from 1995 to 2015.

Madam Justice Rigaud He worked with the Attorney General’s Office at the Ontario Attorney General’s Office and then spent many years in immigration law and dispute resolution in Toronto, Zurich and then Montréal before devoting herself to teaching and research. At the time of their appointment Justice Rigaud Since 2010 she has been a professor at the Law Faculty of the Université de Montréal. She has also served as Faculty Secretary and Deputy Dean for Foreign Affairs and Communications, and most recently Deputy Secretary General for Justice, Diversity, Inclusion, and First Peoples Relationships.

Justice Rigaud Research and various publications focus on dispute prevention and resolution methods, as well as professional ethics and conduct. She was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Arbitration and Mediation. She has taught hundreds of students over the years Quebec and abroad, including Italy and France. She has also taught ethics, professional conduct and arbitration at the École du Barreau. During her career, she has served on numerous committees under the auspices of the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics and the Barreau du Québec, among others.

Justice Rigaud and her husband are the proud parents of six children.

Fast facts

  • More than 450 judges have since been appointed at the Supreme Court level November 2015. These exceptional lawyers represent the diversity that strengthens Canada. Of these judges, more than half are women, and the appointments reflect increased representation of visible minorities, indigenous people, LGBTQ2 + and those who identify themselves as disabled.

  • The Canadian government is committed to promoting access to justice for all Canadians. The 2018 budget is providing funding to improve outcomes for Canadian families $ 77.2 million over four years to support the expansion of unified family courts from 2019-2020. This investment in the family justice system will create 39 new judicial positions in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • The Federal Courts are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Federal Cabinet and on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice.

  • Judicial Advisory Committees across Canada play a key role in evaluating court applications. There are 17 judicial councils on which each province and area is represented.

  • Significant reforms to the role and structure of the Judicial Councils were announced, aimed at improving the independence and transparency of the process 20th October 2016.

  • The Canadian government is committed to a justice system in which sexual assaults are resolved fairly without the influence of myths and stereotypes, and in which survivors are treated with dignity and compassion. Amendments to the Judges Act and the Criminal Code that came into force on May 6, 2021mean candidates must agree to receive training on Sexual Assault Law and social context issues, including systemic racism and systemic discrimination, in order to be eligible for appointment to a superior provincial court. The new legislation increases the transparency of decisions by amending the Criminal Code to require judges to give written reasons or to record them in the record when deciding on sexual assault.

SOURCE Department of Justice canada


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