2020-06-03

New Supreme Court Justice in Bridgewater

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>SUBMITTED PHOTO</p><p>Canada&#8217;s Justice Department announced the appointment of Diane Rowe, pictured.</p>

A senior Nova Scotia Justice Department attorney is now Bridgewater's newest Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge.

Diane Rowe, whose legal expertise included Aboriginal, natural resources, and corporate commercial law, fills a spot left open when Justice Mona Lynch elected part-time status in early March. The federal Department of Justice announced the appointment May 14.

"Rowe practiced general civil litigation and acted on behalf of Indian Residential School claimants in several provinces in mass tort litigation," reads a statement released by Ottawa.

"Justice Rowe has engaged in volunteer advocacy work on behalf of Indigenous peoples, equality rights, refugee claimants, and the LGBTQ community."

Rowe and her spouse, Jessica Jerome, a visual artist, have two children.

"During these challenging times, the appointment of such a bright and promising jurist is indeed something to celebrate," Deborah Smith, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, said in a statement released by the province's judiciary.

"In all aspects of her legal career, Justice Rowe has shown herself to be a dedicated advocate with a passion for public service, values that will translate well into her new responsibilities on the Bench."

Rowe is a University of New Brunswick law graduate (1997) and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1998 and the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 2001.

Meanwhile, Lynch, who went to supernumerary status March 1, was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in December 2002.

At the time of her appointment 17 years ago, Lynch was the Youth Criminal Justice Act Coordinator with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice in Halifax.

The 1985 Dalhousie Law School graduate was with Nova Scotia Legal Aid between 1987 and 1999.

"Throughout her career, she has been very active with the Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Bar Association," reads the 2002 statement. "Madam Justice Lynch has been a frequent presenter, and is the author of various publications on young offender law."

She was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society in 1986.

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