Justice Jacques J. Levesque was born in Rivière-du-Loup on February 7, 1951. He earned a law degree from the Collège de Ste-Anne de la Pocatière in 1970 and a Bachelor of Laws from Université Laval in 1974. He was admitted to the Quebec Bar the following year.
Before being appointed to the Superior Court for the judicial district of Trois-Rivières on June 17, 1993, he was a partner with the firm Lajoie, Levesque, Beaudoin, Héon, located in the Mauricie where he practiced various fields of law including family, civil, commercial and criminal law. He served as president of the Mauricie Bar in 1986 and 1987.
Beginning in 1996, he served in the criminal appeals division of the Superior Court where he presided over multiple jury trials. He was transferred to the Superior Court for the Quebec City judicial district in 1999.
Between 2000 and 2012, Justice Levesque was invited to speak at both the Court of Québec and various municipal courts as well as the Bars of Arthabaska, Mauricie, Chicoutimi, Quebec and Montreal and participated in numerous criminal law seminars across Canada between 1993 and 2012.
He was appointed to the Court of Appeal on November 2, 2012.