Born in Quebec City, Justice François Doyon was appointed to the Court of Appeal of Quebec on May 7, 2004.
He studied at Pensionnat Saint-Louis-de Gonzague, at Externat classique Saint-Jean-Eudes and at CÉGEP Limoilou (D.E.C. 1970) before completing an LL.L. at Université Laval in 1973. After articling with the Commission des valeurs mobilières du Québec, he joined the Quebec Bar in 1975 and became a Crown prosecutor acting for the Attorney General of Quebec. During his career, he was Associate Chief Crown Prosecutor at the Youth Court (1985-1988) and Associate Chief Crown Prosecutor in charge of prosecution of economic crimes (1988-1991). He also acted as a prosecutor for the Attorney General of Canada.
On February 27, 1991, he was appointed to the Court of Québec and became Associate Chief Judge of the Criminal and Penal Division, on August 31, 2002, a role he continued to fill until his appointment to the Court of Appeal. During this period, he also served as a member of the Professions Tribunal (1998-2002) and a member of the Court of Québec Continuing Education Committee and the Quebec Judicial Council.
Justice Doyon has pursued academic activities as a guest professor of criminal law at the Université de Montreal from 1984 to 2002, at the Université du Québec à Montreal from 1983 to 1985, and at the École du Barreau from 1982 to 2000, where he was also a member of the Examination Board. He taught criminal procedure at the Quebec Police Institute as well as trial techniques at the annual Quebec Bar Seminar on Fundamentals of Trial Techniques. From June 1995 to April 1997, he chaired the Commission of Inquiry on Hydro Quebec Policy regarding the Buying of Electricity from Private Producers.
He has served on several committees of the Quebec Bar, the Bar of Montreal, the Canadian Bar Association and the Society of Criminology. On numerous occasions, he has been invited as a lecturer or speaker by universities and law associations as well as by judicial continuing legal education programs, including the National Judicial Institute, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, the Association of Canadian Court Administrators and the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.