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October 2, 2009

Minister Announces Appointment of Chief Judge

The Honourable Thomas W. Marshall, Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General, today announced the appointment of Associate Judge D. Mark Pike as the new Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.

"Judge Pike is a well respected judge who has a great deal of experience at all levels of the court," said Minister Marshall. "His wealth of experience, his commitment to improving the administration of justice and his recent experience as Associate Chief Judge make him the ideal candidate for Chief Judge. I congratulate Judge Pike on his appointment and wish him every success in his new role."

Judge Pike was appointed as the Associate Chief Judge in November 2008 and served as Acting Chief Judge following the retirement of former Chief Judge Milton R. Reid earlier this year. Judge Pike is a graduate of Memorial University with a bachelor of commerce and the University of British Columbia with an LL.B. He has worked with the Department of Justice and was previously a Director of Benson Myles PLC. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Pike appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada and in 1996 was appointed a Master of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. Recently, he served as Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Bar Association. On October 6, 2008, Mr. Pike was appointed Queen's Counsel.

The appointment was effective on September 25, 2009 and is for a period of seven years.

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2009 10 02                       10:55 a.m.

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