Today, September 30, Justice François Pelletier retire from the Quebec Court of Appeal, where he has sat since June 6, 2000. Justice Pelletier studied at the Petit Séminaire de Québec and at the Collège de Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatière. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Laval University in 1966 and a law degree in 1969. Admitted to the Quebec Bar in July 1970, he joined the firm Amyot Lesage Bernard and Sheehan, where he practiced until the end of 1972.
After forming his firm with two partners, he joined the firm Vézina Pouliot in 1973, where he practiced civil and commercial litigation until his appointment to the Superior Court in September 1997.
Justice Pelletier taught civil law at the École professionnelle du Barreau from 1976 to 1984. He worked actively on numerous committees of the Barreau du Québec, including the committee on the functioning of the Quebec courts and the committee on civil procedure. He was also the Barreau du Québec’s representative on the multidisciplinary committee tasked with the reform of the Code of Procedure in relation to the Act respecting the application of the Reform of the Civil Code.
Co-founder of the St-Sacrement Hospital Foundation in 1984, he was secretary of this foundation until 1991. From 1994 to September 1997, he chaired the Quebec Bailiff’s Disciplinary Committee. After a little over two years at the Superior Court, Justice Pelletier was appointed to the Court of Appeal on June 6, 2000.
Speaking about Justice Pelletier, the Chief Justice said: “Judge Pelletier has devoted 52 years to justice, almost half of them as a judge. This certainly deserves mention, but beyond the number of years, it is above all that he is an exceptional jurist appreciated for his rigour, his wisdom and his deep sense of justice that must be underscored. Justice Pelletier made a remarkable contribution to the quality and reputation of the Court of Appeal. My colleagues at the Court and I send him our best wishes for a happy and full life after a long and rich career and wish him and his loved ones every possible happiness. »