Justice and Public Safety
October 31, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General:

Provincial Government Welcomes First Female Chief Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador

Mr. Speaker, on June 22 of this year, this province welcomed its first female Chief Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable Deborah E. Fry.

Justice Fry built her career in the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Service. She was a Supreme Court Justice, most recently serving as Senior Administrative Justice at Family Division, prior to being appointed Chief Justice of the province. Having served in several roles in the justice system throughout her career, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Court of Appeal bench.

Mr. Speaker, this is an important occasion not only for the legal community but also the entire province. The role of Chief Justice is held in high esteem in our justice system. Justice Fry will be a source of inspiration to young women and girls who aspire to work in law, and who hope someday to rise to the position of Chief Justice.

An independent and impartial judiciary has always been one of the cornerstones of our democracy. I am confident Chief Justice Fry will bring the same professionalism and thoughtful approach to the role of Chief Justice as she has to the numerous positions she has previously held in our justice system.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all honourable members to join me in congratulating Chief Justice Fry on this prestigious appointment.

Thank you

2018 10 31                              2:20 p.m.