Min­is­ter thanks re­tir­ing chief jus­tice

Andrew Par­sons com­mends ‘tremen­dous im­pact’ Derek Green had on jus­tice sys­tem

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Derek Green, chief jus­tice of the Supreme Court of New­found­land and Labrador Court of Ap­peal, is be­ing com­mended for his ser­vice to the prov­ince.

Green spent 43 years work­ing in the jus­tice sys­tem, in­clud­ing 17 years as chief jus­tice. He is re­tir­ing, hav­ing an­nounced his de­par­ture in June.

“Chief Jus­tice Green is a great le­gal mind and jurist,” Jus­tice Min­is­ter Andrew Par­sons said Tues­day in the House of As­sem­bly, of­fer­ing a for­mal thanks from the floor.

Par­sons spoke about Green’s le­gal re­sume, in­clud­ing time as a lawyer in pri­vate prac­tice, as chair of the New­found­land Law Re­form Com­mis­sion and act­ing coun­sel for two com­mis­sions of in­quiry in the 1980s.

Green was ap­pointed to the bench in 1992 and named chief jus­tice of the Supreme Court trial di­vi­sion in 2000. He took the helm at the Court of Ap­peal in 2009.

Par­sons high­lighted Green’s work as com­mis­sioner of the more re­cent pub­lic in­quiry into con­stituency al­lowances and spend­ing by mem­bers of the House of As­sem­bly, his ef­forts to make the courts more open and ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic, and his ad­vo­cacy for ac­cess to jus­tice.

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Derek Green is re­tir­ing af­ter spend­ing 17 years as a chief jus­tice with the New­found­land and Labrador Supreme Court.

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