A former Red Deer lawyer was one of four new Court of Queen’s Bench justices announced on Friday.
Justice Marilyn Slawinsky was appointed a provincial court judge in 2015 and was based in Calgary. She will now sit on the bench in Court of Queen’s Bench in Red Deer.
She maintained a private practice in Red Deer for more than twenty years, primarily in the areas of family law, wills and estates, estate litigation, and personal injury.
“During this time, Slawinsky developed expertise in conflict resolution and became a registered family mediator,” says biographical information accompanying her announcement.
From 2012 to 2015, she held managerial roles within Alberta Justice, overseeing the delivery of dispute resolution services and programming. She then became interim Public Complaint Director and Legal Counsel to the Calgary Police Commission, before her appointment to the bench.
Slawinsky replaces Justice K. Sisson, who retired on January 3, 2017.
Kathleen Ganley, Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, applauded the appointments.
“I am thrilled that Alberta is receiving four new appointments to the Court of Queen’s Bench immediately, plus funding for 12 additional judges in the new federal budget.
“These judges are desperately needed in Alberta and will improve access to justice for Albertans, while relieving pressures on our courts.”