Friday, September 05, 2008

PM Announces Supreme Court of Canada Nominee: N.S. Appeal Court Justice Thomas A. Cromwell

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced his nomination of the Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas A. Cromwell of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal to fill the existing judicial vacancy at the Supreme Court of Canada.

More on the nomination from this Government of Canada press release:

“Thomas Cromwell’s candidacy was highly recommended by judges, lawyers and other Atlantic Canadians,” said Prime Minister Harper. “He is well qualified to serve on the country’s highest court.”

Mr. Justice Cromwell is an eminently qualified jurist.. In 1997 the government of former Prime Minister Jean Chr├ętien appointed him directly to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

CBC also provides its coverage here, and adds the following background:

Cromwell is expected to appear before a parliamentary committee that will interview the nominee before the government appoints him.

Cromwell, 56, from Kingston, Ont., initially studied music but got his law degree in Ontario in 1976. He practised and taught law, including two stints at the Dalhousie Law School in Halifax. He was the executive legal officer in the chambers of the Supreme Court's chief justice for three years.

He first became a Nova Scotia appeals judge in 1997.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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