FREDERICTON (CNB) - John J. (Jack) Walsh, QC, has been appointed as New Brunswick's newest provincial court judge. Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister T.J. Burke made the announcement today.

"Mr. Walsh brings considerable experience and wisdom to his new role, particularly in the area of criminal law," said Burke. "He has extensive litigation experience in the provincial court; the Court of Queen's Bench, trial and family divisions; Court of Appeal; and the Supreme Court of Canada."

Walsh will replace Judge Frederick P. Ferguson, who was recently appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench. New Brunswick has 26 full-time provincial court judges and five supernumerary judges.

Walsh obtained his law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1977 and became a member of the New Brunswick bar the same year. He was a general law practitioner for a decade before becoming a Crown counsel for the Office of the Attorney General in 1987. He was admitted to Queen's counsel in 2001. For the past five years, Walsh served as Crown prosecutor for the Miramichi region.

He has written several papers and articles on the subject of DNA evidence and identification, and he has lectured across the country on a variety of topics related to criminal law.

Walsh is a founding member of the Greater Miramichi Chamber of Commerce, a past president of the Kinsmen Club of Newcastle and a member of the K-40 Club of Miramichi.