Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador Judicial Appointment Announced

OTTAWA, February 8, 2013 – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment:

The Honourable David F. Hurley, a lawyer with Lewis, Sinnott, Shortall, Hurley, Bruce in St. John's, is appointed a judge of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador to replace Mr. Justice W. H. Goodridge (Corner Brook) who was transferred to St. John's to replace Madam Justice M. A. Dunn who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of January 21, 2013.

Mr. Justice Hurley received a Bachelor of Arts in 1971 from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick in 1975. He also received a Master of Laws from Dalhousie University in 1977. He was admitted to the Bar of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1976 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2002.

Mr. Justice Hurley has been a lawyer with Lewis, Sinnott, Shortall, Hurley, Bruce since 1997. Previously, he was with Hurley Woodland from 1988 to 1997, Puddester Orsborn from 1986 to 1988, O'Brien Hurley from 1981 to 1985 and Haley Hunt from 1979 to 1981. Additionally, Mr. Justice Hurley was a Crown prosecutor for the Department of Justice from 1977 to 1979. His main areas of practice were civil litigation, corporate law, real estate, criminal law and administrative law.

Mr. Justice Hurley was an active member of the Canadian Bar Association for many years. He served as treasurer for three years before becoming president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Branch from 1989 to 1990. The following year, Mr. Justice Hurley was on the Canadian Bar Association National Executive. Recently, he served on the Canadian Bar Association founding committee, providing pro bono legal services to unrepresented litigants.

This appointment is effective immediately.