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News Release - Manitoba

July 26, 2000

TWO NEW JUDGES APPOINTED TO THE PROVINCIAL COURT.

Two New Judges Appointed To The Provincial Court.

TWO NEW JUDGES APPOINTED

TO THE PROVINCIAL COURT

Attorney General Gord Mackintosh today announced the appointment of Mary Kate Harvie and Judith Ann Elliott to the Provincial Court of Manitoba.

"I'm certain Manitoba's newest judges will bring to the bench the principles of integrity, fairness and impartiality that provide the foundation of our judicial system," said Mackintosh.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judith Ann Elliott worked as a staff lawyer for Legal Aid Manitoba. Elliott has been a practising lawyer for 17 years. She primarily works in the area of criminal law, recently focusing on matters involving domestic violence. Elliott has been a member of the Family Violence Court Steering Committee, which is responsible for monitoring the ongoing work of the Family Violence Court.

Mary Kate Harvie practised law in partnership with the firm of Myers Weinberg. In her 13 years of private practice, she has represented clients at all court levels, acting as counsel to defendants in a wide range of cases. Harvie is actively involved in Rossbrook House and is a member of its board of directors.

"Manitobans and our justice system will no doubt be well served when
Ms. Elliot and Ms. Harvie take up their new duties as members of the provincial judiciary," said Mackintosh.

Provincial judges are appointed following an evaluation by an independent nominating committee which consists of the chief judge of the provincial court as chair, a provincial court judge, representatives of the Law Society of Manitoba and the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and three community representatives. The committee reviews applications, holds interviews and provides the minister with a list of qualified candidates.

The appointments are effective immediately and a swearing in ceremony will be scheduled shortly.

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