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August 13, 2012

Minister Announces Judicial Appointments

The Honourable Felix Collins, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, today announced the appointment of two individuals to the position of judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Lori Anne Marshall has been appointed to Provincial Court in St. John’s effective today (Monday, August 13) and James Walsh has been appointed to Provincial Court in St. John’s effective September 3.

“Ms. Marshall and Mr. Walsh bring a great deal of legal expertise as they begin their new careers as Provincial Court judges,” said Minister Collins. “Their experience will serve them well in their new roles and I welcome and congratulate them on their new positions.”

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Media contact:
Vanessa Colman-Sadd
Director of Communications
Department of Justice
709-729-6985, 682-6593

Biographical Information

Lori Anne Marshall was born in Halifax and attended Mount St. Vincent University where she studied Public Relations before transferring to the University of King’s College and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in French in 1985. She completed her Bachelor of Laws at Dalhousie University in 1990 and while at law school participated in the Gale Cup Moot Competition at Osgood Hall, Toronto, taking first place. Ms. Marshall was called to the Bar in Nova Scotia in June of 1991 and remains a member of that Law Society today. She relocated to St. John’s in 1992 and became a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador in that same year. Ms. Marshall operated her own law practice in both St. John’s and the Town of New-Wes-Valley, Bonavista North, from 1993 to 2008 conducting a general legal practice. In 2008, she joined the Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission and has been a staff solicitor since that time. Ms. Marshall’s recent focus has been exclusively in the areas of criminal and family law litigation and she has appeared at all levels of court throughout Newfoundland and Labrador on a regular basis during her career.

James G. Walsh was born in St. John’s and graduated from Memorial University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Bachelor of Education. He graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1984 with a Bachelor of Laws. Mr. Walsh articled with Curtis, Dawe and was called to the Bar on April 8, 1985. After one year as an associate lawyer with Curtis, Dawe he joined the firm of Barry, Smyth, Locke & Fardy in April 1986 where he has since practiced with Denis Barry, Q.C. at the firm known as Barry, Walsh and Associates in St. John’s. Mr. Walsh carried on a general practice with a focus on litigation especially in criminal law, both as defence counsel and as a Crown attorney. Mr. Walsh has appeared as counsel in all courts in this province. Additionally, he appeared as counsel at the Lamer Inquiry and several other judicial inquiries in Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Walsh has been an instructor with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and Memorial University’s Campus Enforcement Program. Mr. Walsh has been a basketball referee for over 30 years and currently is the President of the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials, the governing body for over 4,000 basketball referees nationwide. Additionally, Mr. Walsh has held executive positions on several charitable organizations. A member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, he resides in St. John’s with his wife, Janet, and his two daughters, Jessica and Kathleen.

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