FREDERICTON (GNB) - Two new provincial court judges have been appointed, Justice Minister and Attorney General Andrea Anderson-Mason announced today.

Luc J. Labonté has been appointed as a sitting judge in Moncton, and Cameron Gunn has been appointed as a sitting judge in Miramichi.

Labonté will replace Judge Denise LeBlanc who was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench, trial division, last year. Gunn will replace Judge Geri Anne Mahoney who retired in January from the provincial court in Miramichi.

“These two individuals both have strong legal backgrounds. Their expertise will allow them to contribute significantly to our judicial system,” said Anderson-Mason. “We are confident that the appointees will excel in their new positions, as they have done throughout their impressive legal careers.”

Labonté obtained his law degree at the Université de Moncton and was called to the bar in 1987. He has worked for the Office of the Attorney General since 1988. He was the assistant deputy attorney general of public prosecution services. Labonté has been involved with various non-profit groups including Crime Stoppers, the Boys and Girls Club of New Brunswick and the Riverview Arts Centre. He has also been involved with minor hockey, particularly the Fredericton Youth Hockey Association.

Gunn obtained his law degree at the University of New Brunswick and was called to the bar in 1994. He has worked for the Office of the Attorney General since 1997. He was the executive director of public prosecution services. Gunn has been actively involved in the community, most recently as chair of the NB Law Foundation and as a faculty member of the National Criminal Law Program. He is also the chair of Jobs Unlimited.

The appointments bring the number of full-time provincial court judges to 24, which includes the chief judge and associate chief judge. There are also 12 supernumerary judges and three per diem judges.

All applications for appointment to the provincial court are assessed by the Provincial Judicial Appointment Review Advisors who represent the bench, the bar and the general public. The advisors consider the professional and other qualifications of each candidate in carrying out their assessments. The appointment process also included interviews by a committee composed of the chief justice of New Brunswick, the chief judge of the provincial court, and one of the Provincial Judicial Appointment Review Advisors who represents the general public.