OTTAWA, April 11, 2014 – The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment:

The Honourable George L. Murphy, a lawyer with Poole Althouse in Corner Brook, is appointed a judge of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador to replace Mr. Justice R. Stack (Happy Valley-Goose Bay), who was transferred to St. John's to replace Mr Justice R.M. Hall, who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of September 22, 2013.

Mr. Justice Murphy received a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Physical Education from Memorial University in 1987, as well as a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 1990. He was called to the Bar of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1991 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2007.

Mr. Justice Murphy has practised with Poole Althouse since 1992. His main areas of practice were corporate and commercial law, including will and estates, tax planning, and labour law. He has also prosecuted drug and other federal offences on an agency basis.

Mr. Justice Murphy was elected a Bencher of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2002. He served on the Complaints Authorization Committee from 2001 to 2012 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2010. He has served as a President of the Law Society since June 2013. He has also served with local community organizations, including as a board member of the Western Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Corner Brook Chamber of Commerce.

This appointment is effective immediately.



  • Paloma Aguilar
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Justice

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