FREDERICTON (GNB) – Marco Cloutier has been appointed New Brunswick's newest provincial court judge, Justice Minister and Attorney General Marie-Claude Blais announced today.

The appointment is effective immediately.

Cloutier will join Judge Andrew LeMesurier and Judge Henrik Tonning as full-time provincial court judges based in Saint John.

"The appointment of Mr. Cloutier will ensure the timely management of court cases," said Blais. "He is a well-respected lawyer and has extensive legal experience. I am confident that his leadership will serve the public well and he will be a welcome addition to the provincial court."

Cloutier obtained his law degree at the Université de Moncton and was called to the New Brunswick bar in 1998. He is currently a partner with the Saint John office of a major Atlantic Canadian law firm. He has a great deal of experience in litigation and insurance law and is a passionate writer who has written extensively in both English and French. In 2010, he was recognized by Lexpert as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 leading lawyers.