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NEW PROVINCIAL COURT JUDGE FOR MELFORT

Released on March 5, 2012

The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce that Inez J. Cardinal, Q.C. has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court in Melfort. Judge Cardinal will work temporarily in Meadow Lake until November 2012 and will then be based permanently in Melfort.

Judge Cardinal received her Diploma in Renewable Resources Technology in 1981 from the Kelsey Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences and her Bachelor of Laws in 1990 from the University of Saskatchewan. She articled with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General in Regina. In 1991, she joined Public Prosecutions in Regina and has since worked in the Saskatoon and La Ronge offices of Public Prosecutions. She has been the designated prosecutor for environmental offences in Saskatoon since 2006.

Since 2000, Judge Cardinal has been a sessional lecturer in the areas of Human Justice and Indigenous Studies with the First Nations University of Canada at its Northern Campus in Prince Albert. She has been an active member of and presenter for the Canadian Bar Association at the local, provincial and national level. She has also spoken frequently in Canada and the United States on topics relating to environmental law and received the Resource Management Conservation Award in 2009 from the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2006.

"We are very pleased to be able to appoint someone with Judge Cardinal's diverse and considerable experience to the Provincial Court bench," Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said. "Her varied experiences will serve her and our justice system well."

In Melfort, Judge Cardinal will replace Judge Lorna Dyck, who will be transferring to the Provincial Court in North Battleford in November 2012.

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For more information, contact:

Noel Busse
Justice and Attorney General
Regina
Phone: 306-787-8959
Email: noel.busse@gov.sk.ca

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