Chief Justice Marc Richard was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and studied at the Université de Moncton (B.B.A. - 1980, LL.B. - 1983) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LL.M. - 1984). Admitted to the practice of law in 1985, he worked first as Crown Prosecutor then as litigation counsel in a mid-sized firm. His practice brought him before various administrative tribunals, all levels of the New Brunswick courts, and the Supreme Court of Canada. As a lawyer, Chief Justice Richard served on several national and provincial committees, task forces or advisory groups of the Canadian Bar Association (NB) and the New Brunswick Law Society, and he was elected president of both organizations. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2002 and, a year later, a judge of the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick. Since then, Chief Justice Richard served on countless judicial committees, including the Canadian Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee and the Judges’ Association’s Conduct Review Committee, eventually becoming Chair of both. He became a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association in 2004 and, in 2015, was the first judge from New Brunswick ever elected as the Association’s President. He frequently lectures for the Canadian Bar Association (NB), the National Judicial Institute (NJI) of which he is a member of the Board of Directors, the Advocates' Society, and the Federation of Law Society’s National Criminal Law Program. He has also been involved in several international judicial projects and chaired a Judicial Advisory Committee on International Engagement. He was appointed Chief Justice of New Brunswick on May 1, 2018, and now serves on the Canadian Judicial Council.
The Honourable Chief Justice J.C. Marc Richard
The Honourable J. Ernest Drapeau
Former Chief Justice of New Brunswick
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from l'Université de Moncton, Justice Drapeau was awarded a Lord Beaverbrook Scholarship and attended law school at the University of New Brunswick. In 1974, he graduated top of his class (1/60) and was awarded the Carswell Prize, the Law Faculty Prize for academic and civic distinction, and the Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal for distinction in scholarship.
Following his admission to the New Brunswick Bar in June of 1974, Justice Drapeau spent the next 24 years, litigating cases, both civil and criminal, before the courts of the province. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1990.
Justice Drapeau's diversified legal practice is complemented by his academic experience. In the early years of his practice, Justice Drapeau taught Commercial Law at the School of Business Administration at l'Université de Moncton. Later, he also taught Criminal Law and Procedure at l'Université de Moncton's law school.
In January 1998, Justice Drapeau was appointed to the New Brunswick Court of Appeal.
In March 2003, Justice Drapeau was appointed Chief Justice of New Brunswick. On August 26, 2011, the Chief Justice of Canada, the Honourable Beverley McLachlin, appointed him Vice-Chair of the Canadian Judicial Council. He is the first Chief Justice of New Brunswick to occupy that position. In April 2018, he resigned from the Office of Chief Justice and elected to hold office as a supernumerary justice of the Court of Appeal.
In 2002, Justice Drapeau received the Golden Jubilee Medal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ascension of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. More recently, in June of 2013, he was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal for the 60th anniversary of that ascension.
Justice Drapeau was granted an honourary doctorate of laws by l’Université de Moncton in 2010 and by the University of New Brunswick in 2018.
The Honourable Madam Justice Margaret E.L. Larlee
Madam Justice Margaret Larlee, B.A., L.L.B. Born in Harvey Station, New Brunswick. Married to John D. Larlee, Q.C. Educated at Mount Allison University, B.A. [Honours History] 1971; University of New Brunswick, L.L.B., 1974, LL.D. (Hon.) 2002. Called to the bar of New Brunswick, 1974. For the next eleven years, she worked in private practice and for the government of New Brunswick. Appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick, November 1, 1985. Appointed to the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick on April 1, 1998.
She is a member of the Public Information Committee of the Canadian Judicial Council and chair of the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for New Brunswick.
The Honourable Madam Justice Kathleen Quigg
Madam Justice Kathleen A. Quigg, B.A., LL.B. Born in North Bay, Ontario. Daughter of Ann (Clinch) Quigg and Frank Quigg. Educated at the University of New Brunswick (B.A. - 1986, LL.B. - 1989). Married to Craig Carleton. They are the parents of three children. Called to the New Brunswick Bar in 1989. Joined Robichaud, Godin, Williamson, Theriault and Johnstone in Bathurst in 1989 where she practiced law for 17 years. Appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick, Trial Division, November 22, 2006.Sat in Family Division in Saint John New Brunswick until her appointment to the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick on March 3, 2008.
Served on the Canadian Bar Association Council of New Brunswick for 8 years and became President in 2005. Justice Quigg represented the Province of New Brunswick on the National Board of Directors of the Canadian Bar Association and was Vice-President, nationally, of the Woman Lawyer’s Forum of the Canadian Bar Association. Her Law Society involvement included serving as a member of the Bar Admission Course Committee and the Insurance Management Committee. She also served as a representative for Gloucester County on the Law Society Council .Justice Quigg is a former Vice-Chair of the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board and sat on the New Brunswick Insurance Board.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Bradley V. Green
Mr. Justice Bradley V. Green, B.A., L.L.B. Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, son of Laurine and Vernon Green. Married to Jennifer Sutherland Green. Appointed to the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench, Trial Division April 11, 2008 and assigned to the Court’s Family Division in Saint John. Appointed to the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick July 29, 2009, effective September 1, 2009. After graduating from Fredericton High School, received degrees in Political Science (1987) and Law (1990) from the University of New Brunswick. Called to the New Brunswick bar 1991. Appointed Queen’s Counsel 1999. Served in various senior staff positions, Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, 1991-1998 and 2006-2008. Elected three times to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick as the Member for Fredericton South. Served as Attorney General, 1999-2006; Minister of Justice, 1999-2006; Minister responsible for Consumer Affairs, 1999-2006; Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, 1999-2006; Minister of Health, 2006, and; Government House Leader, 1999-2006. Served as member or chair of various legislative committees.
Nationally, served as co-chair of Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers responsible for Justice, and co-chair of Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers of Health. Past community involvement includes: Member, National Board of Governors, Scouts Canada; Member, Board of Directors, Scouts Canada Foundation; Chair, University of New Brunswick Foundation for Students; President, Epsilon Y’s Men; Member, Board of Directors, Fredericton YMCA; Member, Board of Directors, Fredericton YMCA Endowment Fund; Member, New Brunswick Highland Games Organizing Committee; Chair, St. Paul’s Church Restoration Committee; Volunteer, Fredericton Community Kitchen. Honours and awards include: Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal; University of New Brunswick Student Alumni Award of Honour; Birk’s Medal for Leadership; Scouts Canada Long Service Medal; Scouts Canada Commemorative Centennial Medal; Honourary Chieftain, New Brunswick Highland Games and Scottish Festival; Honourary Member, National Council, Scouts Canada.
The Honourable Madam Justice Barbara Baird
Madam Justice Baird, B.A., L.L.B., L.L.M., is a native of Fredericton, New Brunswick.
She was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 1976, after which she practiced in Saint John, New Brunswick with the law firm, Clark, Drummie and Company.
She obtained her Master’s Degree in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1986, after which she returned to Fredericton where she became the Deputy Registrar of the Court of Queen’s Bench and the New Brunswick Court of Appeal. She resumed her law practice in 1991. In 2000 she was appointed Queen’s Counsel. She was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench in 2007.
She was appointed to the New Brunswick Court of Appeal in December 2014.
She was a recipient of the T.J. Watson IBM Scholarship. Justice Baird served two terms as President of the University of New Brunswick Alumnae Association, two terms on the University of New Brunswick Board of Governors, Director on the Board of New Brunswick Literacy Inc., Board member of the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Director of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, Director Canada Ports Corporation, Past Chair of the Family Law subsection of the New Brunswick Canadian Bar Association, President of the Fredericton York Sunbury Law Society, Board member Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation. Honours and awards include the UNB Student activities award, the UNB Alumni Award of Honour. She established a scholarship for worthy students at the UNB Law School. She has authored papers for presentation at legal conferences, and has occasionally lectured. She founded the N.B. Chapter of G.R.A.N.D. (Grandparents Requesting Access and Dignity).
She is married and has two adult children and three grandchildren.
Justice Baird received her bilingual designation from the Government of Canada in 2012.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Raymond T. French
Mr. Justice French was born in Saint John. He and his wife, Jill Whitehouse, have two children.
Before his appointment to the Court of Appeal in June, 2015, he had been a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench (since April, 2007).
Justice French was called to the Bar (February, 1988) following studies at University of New Brunswick (B.B.A., 1982 and LL.B., 1986) and London School of Economics and Political Science (LL.M., 1987). After practicing in Fredericton for three years, he returned to Saint John in 1990 to join Palmer, O’Connell, Leger, Roderick, Glennie. He was made partner in 1995 and continued his practice there until he was appointed to the bench. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2005.
In his practice, he acted as counsel in a wide range of business and financial matters, including, transactions involving bankruptcy and insolvency, corporate restructuring, banking and financing, securities, franchises, information technology, environment, construction, project finance and intellectual property issues. He was a registered trade-mark agent.
Justice French lectured in the UNB faculties of Business (1993-1998) and Engineering (1998) and the N. B. Bar Admissions Course (Bankruptcy and Insolvency 1997-2007; Landlord & Tenant 1991-1996; Civil Litigation 1996-2000). He also lectured and presented papers at a number of national and regional conferences on a variety of commercial, banking and bankruptcy issues.
His community involvement included: Chair, Saint John Board of Police Commissioners (2005-2007); Chair, Director, Greater Saint John Economic Development Commission, Inc. (2000–2005); Director, Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation (2005 Dinner Co-Chair); Secretary, Director, Symphony New Brunswick Foundation Inc. and Symphony N.B Inc.; Commissioner, Saint John Transit Commission; and Director, Uptown Saint John Inc.
The Honourable Madam Justice Lucie A. LaVigne
Madam Justice LaVigne was born in Bathurst, New Brunswick. She received a Bachelor in Business Administration from l’Université de Moncton in 1977 and graduated from the University of New Brunswick Law School in 1980. She practised law in the City of Edmundston from 1980 to 2001. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in December 1996. On June 6, 2001, she was appointed to the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench, trial division, in Edmundston. On June 6, 2018, she was appointed to the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick.
Before her appointment to the Bench, she was actively involved in her community and is a past president of several associations including the Edmundston Chamber of Commerce, l’Escale Madavic Inc. (a shelter for battered women), the Edmundston Regional Hospital Foundation, Operation Red Nose-Madawaska and the Madawaska Law Society. At the time of her appointment to the Bench she was vice-president of the Board of Governors of l’Université de Moncton. She has also been very active in home/school associations and with her parish.
Since her appointment to the Bench, she frequently participated as chair, member of the organizing committee, presenter, panellist or facilitator at seminars and conferences for the continuing legal education of judges, lawyers and law students.
She has been very involved with the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ). In 2008 she was elected president of the Canadian Chapter of the IAWJ. From 2010 to 2014, she was International Director representing North America on the Board of the IAWJ.
Married to Paul Albert since 1982, they have two children, Marie-Claude and Jolène.