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Saint John Courts has officially opened

Saint John Courts has officially opened

The new Saint John Law Courts building has officially opened. The ceremony was attended by Lt-.Gov. Graydon Nicholas, Premier David Alward, Justice Minister Troy Lifford and Attorney General Hugh Flemming. From left: Deputy sheriff Ryan Durdan; Provincial Court Chief Judge R. Leslie Jackson, Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice David Smith; New Brunswick Court of Appeal Chief Justice Ernest Drapeau; ...

New publication on patients' rights released

New publication on patients' rights released

A new booklet, Patients’ Rights, is now available to educate New Brunswickers about their rights as health-care patients. From left: Deborah Doherty, executive director, Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick; and Dr. Lynn Hansen, president-elect, New Brunswick Medical Society.

Healing to Wellness court officially opened

Healing to Wellness court officially opened

Chief Arren Sock of the Elsipogtog First Nation welcomed Premier David Alward, Justice Minister and Attorney General Marie-Claude Blais, and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Robert Trevors to the opening ceremony for New Brunswick’s first Healing to Wellness court located in the Elsipogtog First Nation. The court incorporates First Nations culture and values to help those in conflict with ...

New pension model introduced

New pension model introduced

The provincial government has released a new pension model developed by the Task Force on Protecting Pensions in collaboration with a number of union leaders. The model has received support from several public and private sector plan sponsors, including unions and the provincial government. Premier David Alward made the announcement

New pamphlet explains ways to avoid abuse in teen dating

New pamphlet explains ways to avoid abuse in teen dating

A new publication, Teens and Dating: Tips for keeping abuse out of your relationship, has been released to help teens avoid abusive relationships. From left: Deborah Doherty, executive director, Public Legal Education and Information Service – New Brunswick; Marie-Claude Blais, minister of justice and consumer affairs as well as attorney general; and Lorraine Whalley, director, Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre.

Ministers discuss justice, public safety issues

Ministers discuss justice, public safety issues

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for justice and public safety participated in-depth discussions during a meeting in Charlottetown, P.E.I. New Brunswick was represented by Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister Marie-Claude Blais and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Robert Trevors. From left, seated: Daniel Shewchuck, Nunavut; federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews; Janice Sherry, Prince Edward Island; Robert Nicholson, ...

2011 Queen's counsel appointments named

2011 Queen's counsel appointments named

Eleven New Brunswick lawyers have been appointed Queen's counsel. Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas made the announcement. Front row, from left: Barbara Hughes Campbell; Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister and Attorney General Marie-Claude Blais; Nicholas; J. Ernest Drapeau, chief justice of New Brunswick; Bernard Lord; and Ann Whiteway Brown. Back row, from left: Marc L. Richard; James R. McAvity; David R. Colwell; ...

Portage Atlantic students recognized

Portage Atlantic students recognized

A ceremony was held on Sept. 25 in Hampton to recognize 42 young people for their completion of various stages of the residential and aftercare components of the Portage Atlantic Program. Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister and Attorney General Marie-Claude Blais joined Russell H. T. King, chair of Portage Atlantic, and others for the event. From left: Blais; graduates Shellee ...

Minister Blais participates in a round table on justice

Minister Blais participates in a round table on justice

Marie-Claude Blais, minister of justice and consumer affairs as well as attorney general, participated Friday in a round table discussion on justice-related matters in Moncton. The event was organized by federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson. From left: Senator John Wallace; Nicholson; Blais; and Robert Goguen, MP for Moncton-Dieppe-Riverview.

Moncton Law Courts officially open

Moncton Law Courts officially open

The new Moncton Law Courts building was officially opened today. From left: Oscar Masimengo, sheriff; Pierre Arsenault, associate chief judge, provincial court; David Smith, chief justice, Court of Queen's Bench; Ernest Drapeau, chief justice of New Brunswick; Premier David Alward; Marie-Claude Blais, minister of justice and consumer affairs as well as attorney general; Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams; and ...

Provision of court-ordered psychiatric assessments.

Provision of court-ordered psychiatric assessments.

Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister Marie-Claude Blais signed a four-year agreement with the New Brunswick Medical Society for the provision of court-ordered psychiatric assessments. From left: Blais and Dr. Allison Kennedy, president of the medical society.

Queen’s counsel appointments

Queen’s counsel appointments

Eleven lawyers officially received Queen’s counsel appointments during a ceremony held at the legislative assembly in Fredericton. Recipients of the Queen’s counsel are chosen by a committee comprised of the Chief Justice of New Brunswick, the Attorney General, and the president of the Law Society of New Brunswick. In the front row, from left: Loredana Catalli Sonier, Q.C. of Fredericton; ...

Blais receives Queen's counsel

Blais receives Queen's counsel

Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs Marie-Claude Blais was officially sworn in as Queen's counsel today. The appointment was confirmed during a private ceremony held at the Court of Appeal in Fredericton before Chief Justice Ernest Drapeau. Blais, who was appointed as a member of executive council on Oct. 12, is the first women to hold these ...

Great Seal

Great Seal

Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas presents the Great Seal of New Brunswick to Attorney General Marie-Claude Blais, Q.C., during the swearing-in ceremony for members of the Executive Council. Premier David Alward attended the event.

New minister

New minister

Premier David Alward and the members of the Executive Council were sworn in at a ceremony held on Oct. 12 at the Legislative Assembly in Fredericton. From left: Alward; and Marie-Claude Blais, who signs the register to become Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs.

Construction in final phase at Moncton Law Courts

Construction in final phase at Moncton Law Courts

The new Moncton Law Courts are in the final stages of construction and scheduled for completion this fall. Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister Bernard LeBlanc and Local Government Minister Chris Collins visited the site. From left: LeBlanc; Collins; and Loren Speiran, an employee with the Department of Supply and Services who led a tour of the site.

New publication for youth in care

New publication for youth in care

A new booklet has been produced that explains the rights and responsibilities of young people who are going through the experience of being placed in care. Entitled What's My Role: A youth guide to child protection, the booklet was produced by the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) and the Office of the Child and Youth ...

New ministerial role, appointments and changes to cabinet announced

New ministerial role, appointments and changes to cabinet announced

A new minister responsible for public engagement was appointed today by Premier Shawn Graham, and one minister added deputy premier to his responsibilities. In addition, vacancies in the cabinet were filled by adding two new ministers to cabinet, and with one minister changing portfolio. From left: Graham; Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas; Minister of State for Seniors, Cheryl Lavoie, who is ...

New ministerial role, appointments and changes to cabinet announced

New ministerial role, appointments and changes to cabinet announced

A new minister responsible for public engagement was appointed today by Premier Shawn Graham, and one minister added deputy premier to his responsibilities. In addition, vacancies in the cabinet were filled by adding two new ministers to cabinet, and with one minister changing portfolio. From left: Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister Bernard LeBlanc, who is also minister responsible for ...

New ministerial role, appointments and changes to cabinet announced

New ministerial role, appointments and changes to cabinet announced

A new minister responsible for public engagement was appointed today by Premier Shawn Graham, and one minister added deputy premier to his responsibilities. In addition, vacancies in the cabinet were filled by adding two new ministers to cabinet, and with one minister changing portfolio. From left: Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister Bernard LeBlanc, who is also minister responsible for ...

Law Week activities

Law Week activities

A new informative website is among the initiatives that will help mark Law Day, April 15, in the province.

Construction of Saint John Law Courts underway

Construction of Saint John Law Courts underway

Phase 1 of construction of the $50-million Saint John Law Courts has begun following the awarding of a tender for structural foundations and steelwork, Premier Shawn Graham announced.

Civil Forfeiture Act expands ability to seize proceeds of crime

Civil Forfeiture Act expands ability to seize proceeds of crime

The Civil Forfeiture Act, introduced in the legislative assembly today, will give the attorney general the power to apply to seize property acquired or used in unlawful activity even if no person has been charged with a crime.

New attorney general takes office

New attorney general takes office

Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock was sworn in as the new attorney general at a ceremony at the legislative assembly in Fredericton today. As attorney general, Lamrock is formally in possession of the Great Seal of New Brunswick.