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Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces judicial appointments for Saskatchewan

OTTAWA, ON, June 21, 2022 /CNW/ – The Honorable David LamettiMinister of Justice and Attorney General of Canadatoday announced the following appointments under the judicial appointments process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit and the diversity of Canadians, and aims to ensure to the appointment of jurists who embody the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Jillyne M. Drennandirector of legal affairs at the Legal Aid Society of the Saskatchewan in Regina, is appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench for the Saskatchewan. Justice Drennan holds one of two positions authorized under the Budget Implementation Act No. 1 of 2021.

Crystal L. Norbeckcra partner at Gerrand Rath Johnson LLP in Regina, is appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench for the Saskatchewan. Justice Norbeck replaces Justice J. McMurtry (Regina)who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective 1er January 2022.


“I wish Justices Drennan and Norbeck much success in their new roles. I am convinced that they will serve the people of the Saskatchewan as members of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench. »

— The Honorable David LamettiMinister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


The judge Jillyne M. Drennan grew up on a farm near Saskatoonin Saskatchewan. She earned a BA in English Studies and Political Science in 2002, and a law degree in 2005, both from the University of Saskatchewan. She was admitted to the Bar in 2007.

Justice Drennan’s legal career began in private practice, primarily in the areas of family law and civil litigation. She also acted as Crown counsel for the Department of Social Services, leading child protection cases. In 2014, she joined the Regina Rural Legal Aid Office, where she became the Director of Legal Affairs in 2019.

Judge Drennan has appeared regularly before all levels of court in the Saskatchewan, representing marginalized clients in criminal, child protection and family law matters, in both urban and rural settings. She has worked closely with various community organizations and First Nations groups. She has a particular concern for the challenges faced by parents in child protection cases and spearheaded the duty counsel initiative at the Legal Aid Society of the Saskatchewan to provide broader representation to those who need it. Justice Drennan is a former bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. She has volunteered with Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan and served as a liaison for the Integrated Justice Program, which provides support to Indigenous people with cognitive issues who come into contact with the criminal justice system. She has presented on evidentiary and advocacy issues at various continuing legal education forums.

Justice Drennan resides in Regina, Saskatchewanwith his daughter and his dog.

The judge Crystal L. Norbeckcrgrew up in Regina, Saskatchewan. She received a degree in justice systems from the University of Regina in 1998 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University ofalberta.

Justice Norbeck began her legal career in alberta, where she worked in private practice for five years. In 2007, she returned to Regina, where she worked as in-house counsel for the Canadian Union of Public Employees. In 2012, she joined the firm Gerrand Rath Johnson, of which she became a partner in 2014. She has had a career as a civil litigator, primarily in the area of ​​labor and employment law. As part of her duties, she has represented clients before administrative tribunals and all court instances, and provided training to her clients. She has been a managing partner at the firm since 2016.

Justice Norbeck was twice elected as a bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 2021. She has prioritized volunteering for various legal education initiatives and for the CPLED (trainee training) programme. She spent many years as a sea cadet and later as an officer in the Canadian Forces.

Justice Norbeck is the mother of two boys and devotes her time to the various activities in which her children participate. She enjoys spending time at the gym and being active in general.

Quick Facts

  • Since November 2015, more than 545 judges have been appointed to a superior court. These exceptional lawyers testify to the diversity that strengthens the Canada. More than half of these judges are women, and these appointments point to increased representation of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, members of LGBTQ2+ communities, and people who identify as having a disability.
  • The government of Canada is committed to promoting access to justice for all Canadians. To improve outcomes for Canadian families, Budget 2018 provides $77.2 million over four years to support the expansion of Unified Family Courts starting in 2019-2020. This investment in the family justice system will create 39 new judge positions in albertain OntarioNova Scotia and Newfoundland andLabrador.
  • Federal judicial appointments are made by the Governor General, who acts on the advice of the federal Cabinet and on the recommendations of the Minister of Justice.
  • Judicial Advisory Committees across the country play an essential role in the process of evaluating judicial candidates. There are 17 Judicial Advisory Committees representing all provinces and territories.
  • Significant reforms to the role and structure of Judicial Advisory Committees were announced on October 20, 2016 to increase the independence and transparency of the process.
  • The government of Canada is committed to promoting a justice system in which cases of sexual assault are decided fairly, free from the influence of myths and stereotypes, and which treats survivors with dignity and compassion. The changes made to the Judges Act and at criminal code which came into effect on May 6, 2021 mean that to be eligible for appointment to a provincial superior court, candidates must agree to participate in continuing education on issues related to sexual assault law and social context, which that includes systemic racism and discrimination. The adoption of the amendments improves the transparency of decisions; the criminal code now requires judges to provide or record written reasons when hearing sexual assault cases.

SOURCE Department of Justice Canada

For further information: Media Contacts: For further information, media may contact: Chantalle Aubertin, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Justice, 613-992-6568, [email protected]; Media Relations, Department of Justice Canada, 613-957-4207, [email protected]


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