Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, the Honourable Arif Virani, announced the appointment of Mia Manocchio as a Judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice.
“I wish Justice Manocchio every success as she takes on her new role. I am confident she will serve the people of Nunavut well as a member of the Nunavut Court of Justice,” said Minister Virani.
Justice Manocchio received her Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Sherbrooke in 2002 and was admitted to the Quebec bar in 2003. She began her legal career at the Centre communautaire de l’Estrie, specializing in criminal and youth law.
In 2005, Manocchio transitioned to private practice with the law firm Rancourt Fréchette Robitaille in Sherbrooke, Quebec. She expanded her practice in 2012, joining Yves Ménard Avocats in Montreal, while also practicing criminal law in Nunavut. In 2019, she made the move to Nunavut, initially working at the legal aid office in Iqaluit, before being appointed Justice of the Peace for the territory in August 2022.
In addition to her legal practice, Justice Manocchio has been an educator. She taught criminal law at the École du Barreau du Québec from 2008 to 2019 and led a semester-long law program in Iqaluit in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan in 2020. Manocchio has also been active in the legal community, serving as president of the Association québécois des avocats et avocates de la défense from 2016 to 2019. She was honored with the AQAAD Award for career excellence in 2020 and served on the Executive Committee of the Law Society of Nunavut from 2020 to 2022.
This appointment follows the Canadian government’s commitment to appoint jurists who reflect the nation’s diversity and uphold the highest standards of legal excellence and integrity.
Since the judicial application process was established in 2016, over 645 judges have been appointed across the country. The appointments include a greater representation of women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, and those from the 2SLGBTQI+ community, as well as individuals who self-identify as having a disability.