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New assistant chief justice appointed for the Alberta Court of Justice in Calgary

by HR Law Canada

Alberta’s government has announced the appointment of Justice Tracy Davis as the assistant chief justice in the Alberta Court of Justice in Calgary, effective July 2. This appointment fills a position that will expire on July 1, as Assistant Chief Justice Gary Cornfield’s term comes to an end.

The appointment of Justice Davis follows three recent appointments to the Alberta Court of Justice aimed at enhancing access to justice in the province. These appointments include two positions in Edmonton and one in the central region, addressing the needs of individuals involved in criminal, family, and civil matters.

Justice Davis, who has a bachelor of laws from the University of Calgary, has been serving in the Family, Child Protection, and Youth Criminal Division in Calgary since April 2020. Her extensive career includes roles as a Crown prosecutor for both Alberta Justice and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, regulatory counsel for the Law Society of Alberta, and legal counsel for the Provincial Court of Alberta.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Mickey Amery commented on the appointment, stating, “Justice Tracy Davis is a highly accomplished justice whose extensive experience will greatly benefit Albertans. I congratulate her on this well-deserved appointment.”

Chief Justice James Hunter of the Alberta Court of Justice also expressed his congratulations: “I want to congratulate Justice Davis on her appointment to Assistant Chief Justice of Calgary Family and Youth. Justice Davis’ experience and background will serve her well in her role. I look forward to working with her.”

This new role will see Justice Davis serving a five-year term, during which she will oversee the Calgary Family and Youth Division. Her appointment reflects Alberta’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its judicial system. The provincial government has created seven new judicial positions for the Alberta Court of Justice over the past two years, bringing the total number of justices to 143.

Assistant chief justices are appointed based on the recommendation of the chief justice of the Alberta Court of Justice to the minister of justice. This process ensures that experienced and capable individuals, such as Justice Davis, are placed in key judicial positions to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the court system.

Justice Davis’s appointment highlights the province’s commitment to addressing judicial vacancies promptly, ensuring that the court system can effectively manage its caseload and provide timely justice to Albertans.

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