Alumni sworn in as judges of the Superior Court
Two Queen's alumni were sworn in on August 9 as judges of the Superior Court of Justice.
The appointments of the Honourable Peter B. Annis, Arts'68, Law'71, and the Honourable John A. McMunagle, Law'85, were announced by the federal Minister of Justice in June.
Mr. Justice McMunagle has been a sole practitioner since 2008. He practised with McCann Law Offices (2002-2008) and was a sole practitioner (1992-2002). He has been a prosecutor for the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2004; a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves, Judge Advocate General since 1999; standing part-time prosecutor for Elections Canada (1992-2007); part-time assistant Crown Attorney for the Ministry of the Attorney General (1993-1997). His main area of practise was criminal defence trial litigation.
Mr. Justice Annis practised as a sole practitioner (2006 to present) and was Chair of the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal (2007-2008). In 2008, he was appointed by the Minister of Labour to conduct an extensive study into causes and impacts of work stoppages. He was the founding director of the Centre for Legal Translation and Documentation at Ottawa University (1981-1984) and a legal officer with the Department of Justice (1972-1981). His main areas of practise were civil litigation, administrative law, labor and employment law, mediation and arbitration and aboriginal law. In the latter part of his career, he focused on alternative dispute resolutions.
The Superior Court of Justice is the largest superior trial court in Canada. The Court has jurisdiction over criminal, civil, and family cases.