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Released on October 19, 2009

The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce that two new judges have been appointed for the Wynyard and Estevan Provincial Courts.

The Provincial Court in Wynyard will be welcoming James Plemel, Q.C., who was called to the Bar in 1975 after obtaining a Bachelor of Law from the University of Saskatchewan the previous year. For 30 years, he has been dedicated to various areas of law including his work in northern communities as Legal Director of the La Ronge office of Legal Aid. He also spent several years in public prosecutions, most recently as the Regional Crown Prosecutor for the Saskatoon office. In 2002, he received the Queen's Counsel Appointment.

Judge Plemel has had a successful career including travel and study in Canada and abroad. He is also committed to community involvement through his work as an active board member of St. John Bosco Wilderness Youth Camp and his participation in a Saskatoon-France student exchange program. Judge Plemel is also bilingual in French and English.

Jeffery Kalmakoff graduated from the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in 1993 and was called to the Bar in 1994. He has had a successful career, specializing in Criminal Law in Regina. With nearly 15 years of experience as a Crown Prosecutor, he has provided advice to police agencies and presented at the Saskatchewan Police College and RCMP Training Academy. He has also participated in lecturing at various courses offered by RCMP and the Regina Police Service. He will serve in the Estevan Provincial Court.

In addition to volunteering in his community as a soccer and hockey coach, Judge Kalmakoff does presentations on sexual assault laws to volunteers at Regina's Women Centre and Sexual Assault Line.

"Our government is pleased to announce the appointment of both individuals to the Bench," Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said. "Both judges have diverse backgrounds and work expertise that will benefit our system of justice."


For more information, contact:

Linsay Rabyj
Phone: 306-787-2626
Cell: 306-540-4945

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