Harper names Supreme Court nominees

Justice Andromache Karakatsanis and Justice Michael J. Moldaver are Harper's nominees for the Supreme Court

By Ryan Starr

On Tuesday October 18th, 2011

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday announced Justice Andromache Karakatsanis and Justice Michael J. Moldaver as his nominees for the Supreme Court of Canada.

  “Madam Justice Karakatsanis and Mr. Justice Moldaver are exceptional candidates who have the skills and qualifications necessary to serve Canadians as judges of the Supreme Court of Canada,” Harper said in a news release .

Both nominees will appear before an ad hoc committee of Parliament to answer questions on Thursday (October 19).

Justice Moldaver is a graduate of the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1973 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1985. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1990 and then to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1995. He is a former co-chair of the Canadian Bar Association.

Justice Karakatsanis was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2010 and a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in December 2002. Prior to this she served as an administrative judge for the Small Claims Court in Toronto and as Ontario’s deputy attorney general from 1997 to 2000. She was called to the bar in 1982 and worked in private practise in Toronto with a focus on criminal, civil and family litigation.