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The Honourable Jamie W.S. Saunders

Was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and grew up in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. He is a graduate of Bishop’s University (Hons. Political Science, Philosophy and English) and Dalhousie University where he obtained his law degree and was awarded the Smith Shield for written and oral advocacy. He was a litigator in private practice specializing in criminal defence; insurance; professional negligence; and counsel work. He acted as counsel to the government of Nova Scotia in the Donald Marshall, Jr. Royal Commission of Inquiry. He was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in 1990, and elevated to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in 2000. He has published and lectured frequently in a variety of fields including: criminal law; evidence; decision-writing; psychology; trial practice; damages and costs; professional ethics; and advocacy. He is a past-president of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association which represents the more than 1050 federally appointed judges in Canada. He has helped conceive, design, write and present the National Judicial Institute’s substantive program on judicial ethics. He currently serves on the Institute’s Board of Governors, and on select committees of the Canadian Judicial Council. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Bishop’s University Award of Merit presented to an alumnus for outstanding lifetime achievements seen to have enhanced the reputation of the university. Justice Saunders is the creator of Try Judging ™, a multimedia educational program on the Canadian judiciary which has quickly become a preferred resource in Canada and abroad in teaching high school students about judicial independence, impartiality and the Rule of law. In 2007, he was honoured by the CSCJA with the President’s Award to recognize his achievements as a jurist and his contribution to the judiciary in Canada. Present directorships include the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, headquartered in Halifax. He lectures annually at Osgoode Hall on written and oral advocacy. He was appointed to the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada on April 23, 2010.


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