Oct. 1, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Three new provincial court judges have been appointed, Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister Michael Murphy announced today.
"We are welcoming three exemplary individuals with diverse skills and experience to the bench," said Murphy. "I am confident that they will serve the people of New Brunswick with compassion and wisdom."
Geri Anne Mahoney has been appointed to serve as a travelling judge, sitting principally in southern New Brunswick. John Creaghan Friel will replace Judge John J. Walsh in Miramichi, who was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench last month. Julian A.G. Dickson will sit in Fredericton, replacing Judge Graydon Nicholas, who has been appointed lieutenant-governor.
Mahoney obtained her law degree from the University of New Brunswick, and was called to the bar in 1984. She has maintained a general practice in Miramichi, and throughout her career has appeared before the provincial court on criminal matters. She has served as a small claims adjudicator for the province.
Friel received his law degree from the University of New Brunswick, and was called to the bar in 1974. He has practised constitutional law and agricultural litigation since 1997. Prior to this, he was senior partner for 20 years with a Grand Falls firm. He has acted as agent for the federal government for prosecutions under federal statutes, and did criminal defence work.
Dickson obtained his bachelor of laws degree from the University of New Brunswick, and a masters of laws from the University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science). He is a partner with a law firm in Fredericton, where he has practised for the past 30 years in the area of general litigation, with emphasis on commercial, construction and family law matters.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Ketcheson, communications, Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs, 506-444-5816.