Prince Edward Island Judicial Appointment Announced

OTTAWA, June 7, 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 John K. Mitchell, a judge of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island, is appointed to the Court of Appeal of Prince Edward Island to replace Mr. Justice J. A. McQuaid, who has resigned effective September 1, 2013.

Mr. Justice Mitchell was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island in 2008. He received a Bachelor of Arts in 1975 and a Bachelor of Education in 1977 from the University of Prince Edward Island. He received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 1981 and was admitted to the Bar of Prince Edward Island in 1982. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996.

Prior to his appointment in 2008, he was a partner with Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales from 1986 to 2008, an associate with Scales, Jenkins & McQuaid from 1984 to 1986, and an associate with Foster, O’Keefe from 1982 to 1984. He has appeared before all levels of courts, including the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as numerous administrative tribunals. His main areas of practice were criminal law, labour and employment law, administrative law and civil litigation.

Mr. Justice Mitchell was an instructor at the Bar Admission Courses in criminal law. He was a member of Council and is a past-president of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island. He has published several articles for the National Criminal Law Program of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

This appointment is effective September 1, 2013.