The prime minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the nomination of Mr. Justice Malcolm Rowe for the Supreme Court of Canada. First appointed as a trial judge in 1999, Justice Rowe has sat on the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador since 2001.

Justice Rowe joined the Ottawa office of Gowling and Henderson in 1984, where he began by serving as a junior to Brian Crane, QC, assisting him in preparing applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice Rowe became a partner at Gowlings and remained with the firm until 1996.

This is the first nomination by the Government of Canada under its new Supreme Court selection process, which involves a special committee hearing of the House of Commons’ Committee on Justice and Human Rights, as well as a question and answer session with the nominee, attended by MPs from all parties.

More information about this nomination and the new selection process can be found here.

More information about Mr. Justice Rowe can be found here.