An experienced Quebec trial lawyer has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the bench of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Suzanne Cote, who has been a member of the Quebec bar since 1981, is the first woman from private practice to be directly appointed to the Supreme Court.
She is head of the Montreal litigation group at law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. She has a law degree from the Universite Laval and has lectured at the Universite du Quebec a Rimouski and the Universite de Montreal.
Cote, whose appointment is effective Dec. 1, will fill a spot on the nine-member bench that will open up with the Nov. 30 retirement of Justice Louis LeBel.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Cote to the Supreme Court of Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement.
With her wealth of legal knowledge and decades of experience, Ms. Cote will be a tremendous benefit to this important Canadian institution. Her appointment is the result of broad consultations with prominent members of the Quebec legal community and we believe she will be a valued addition to Canada’s highest court.
Toronto commercial and civil litigator Patrick Summers tells AdvocateDaily.com that since the 1960s it has been a relatively rare occurrence that someone goes directly from private practice to the Supreme Court of Canada.