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June 24, 2015 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice.

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 appointments:

The Honourable Daryl E. Labach, a judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, is appointed a judge of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench. He replaces Madam Justice Y.G. Wilkinson (Saskatoon), who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of May 16, 2015.

Mr. Justice Labach, from Regina, Saskatchewan, was appointed to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan on March 17, 2009. Previously, he was an associate and partner with McDougall Gauley from 2001 to 2009, an associate with McDougall Ready from 1998 to 2000, and an associate with Harradence, Longworth, Logue and Harradence from 1996 to 1998. He began his legal career with the firm Allbright & Company in 1989 where he practised primarily in the area of criminal law.

Mr. Justice Labach received a Bachelor of Arts in 1984 and Bachelor of Laws in 1988, both from the University of Saskatchewan. He was admitted to the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1989.

The Honourable Gary Meschishnick, a lawyer with Wallace Meschishnick Clackson Zawada LPC in Saskatoon, is appointed a jugde of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench, to replace Mr. Justice F.J. Kovach (Regina), who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of November 12, 2014.

Mr. Justice Meschishnick, from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, had been a partner with Wallace Meschishnick Clackson Zawada LPC since 1996. Previously, he was a lawyer with Macdermid Lamarsh, Barristers and Solicitors, from 1991 to 1996. He practised primarily in the areas of corporate commercial litigation, debtor-creditor law, and insolvency and restructuring law, as well as mediation and arbitration.

Mr. Justice Meschishnick received a Bachelor of Laws in 1983 from the University of Saskatchewan, and he was admitted to the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1984.

Appointments to the country’s Superior Courts not only reflect the rich and diverse social fabric of our country, but also take into consideration the merit and legal excellence of each individual jurist. Through these appointments, the Government of Canada has demonstrated an awareness of the need to bring greater gender balance to the bench, to help ensure that the judiciary is more representative of Canadian society.

These appointments are effective immediately.




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