Born in Quebec City on October 17, 1956, Justice Julie Dutil is the daughter of the engineer André Dutil and Line Morin.
After having studied at Collège Jésus-Marie de Sillery, the Petit Séminaire de Québec and Université Laval, she was called to the Quebec Bar in 1980.
Justice Dutil practiced law at Grondin Poudrier Bernier, where she specialized in labour law. She was a member of several committees of the Quebec Bar. In May of 1995, she was appointed a part-time member of the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP.
Justice Dutil was appointed a judge of the Quebec Superior Court on November 8, 1996 and appointed to the Court of Appeal on September 24, 2004.From June 2013 to June 2018, she has served as the Coordinating Judge of the Quebec Division of the Court of Appeal.
Justice Dutil is the president of the Canadian Superior Court Judges Association (CSCJA) (2018-2019). She served as a board member of CSCJA beginning in 2003 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2012. The CSCJA appointed her as a permanent delegate to the International Association of Judges where she is President of the Study Commission on Public and Social Law and First Vice-President of the regional group ANAO (Asia, North America and Oceania). She previously served as president of the Conference of Quebec Superior Court Judges (2009-2010), of which she has been a board member since 1999. In addition, she acted as a board member for the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges from 2003 to 2009. She also collaborates with the administration of the Law Faculty at Université Laval, where she sits on the board of the Faculty’s Fonds d'enseignement et de recherche.
Justice Dutil has been a speakers at Universities and other organizations in Canada, France, Malta, Senegal, Australia and Brazil.