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May 28, 2010

NEW JUDGE SWORN IN TO THE PROVINCIAL COURT IN THE PAS



Malcolm McDonald has officially been sworn in to the provincial court, filling an opening in The Pas.
 
“I congratulate Judge McDonald on his new position,” said Attorney General Andrew Swan. “I am confident his experience and wisdom will be a valuable addition to the bench.”
 
McDonald received his law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1982. He has extensive experience in criminal and family law matters, and has been practising in northern Manitoba for the past 26 years.
 
Most recently, his practice has focused on child-protection cases as a partner in the firm McDonald Huberdeau. He has also acted as independent counsel on behalf of Manitoba Prosecutions Services, undertaken defence work for legal aid and was responsible for federal drug prosecutions in Thompson and 15 court circuit points. McDonald has served as counsel to Manitoba Family Services and Housing and to Métis Child and Family Services in The Pas, Flin Flon and Thompson. 
 
The judge was selected from a list of candidates recommended by an independent judicial nominating committee.  The committee was chaired by Ken Champagne, the chief judge of the provincial court of Manitoba, and included three community representatives, representatives of the Law Society of Manitoba and the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and a provincial court judge. 
 
The appointment was effective Feb. 3.
 
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