FREDERICTON (GNB) – Pierre Arseneault, a provincial court judge in Moncton, has been appointed chief judge of the provincial court, effective Jan. 17.

"Judge Arseneault is a respected jurist with an impeccable reputation in the legal community," said Justice Minister Troy Lifford. "He has extensive experience, and I am confident that his leadership will serve the public well and his appointment will be well received throughout the legal community."

Arseneault will oversee the provincial court system but will continue to be based out of the Moncton Law Courts. The provincial court consists of the chief judge, 22 other full-time judges, eight supernumerary judges and two per diem judges.

Arseneault will succeed retiring provincial court chief judge R. Leslie Jackson, who will continue to sit as a supernumerary judge.

"Judge Jackson has made a significant contribution to public life,” said Lifford. “On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I thank him for his service. The provincial court benefitted greatly from his guidance and leadership."

Arseneault was born in 1954 in Dalhousie, where he attended elementary and high school. In 1976, he graduated with distinction from the University of New Brunswick with a bachelor of arts (economics). In 1978, he earned a bachelor of law degree. He worked for two years in the practice of D. Paul Hayes before joining the law firm of McIntyre and McIntyre, where he worked until his appointment to the provincial court in 1988.