On October 11, 2021, Justice Jacques Chamberland will retire after more than 28 years at the Court of Appeal of Quebec.
After earning a law degree from the Université de Montréal in 1971 and being called to the Quebec Bar the following year, Justice Chamberland practised law in Montreal, from 1972 to 1988, in the firm now known as Lavery, where, among other things, he headed the litigation group. In March 1988, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Quebec and continued to serve in these capacities until his appointment to the Court of Appeal of Quebec on June 10, 1993. Justice Chamberland has been deeply interested in issues dealing with the international protection of children and the related private international law conventions, particularly with regard to the civil aspects of international child abduction. For over 15 years, he was one of two Canadian judges who were members of the International Hague Network of Judges. He was also an active participant in the work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law in this area. From 2016 to 2017, Justice Chamberland chaired the Commission of Inquiry on the Protection of the Confidentiality of Journalistic Sources, whose report quickly led to the passage of the Act to protect the confidentiality of journalistic sources.
He brought his many talents to the Court of Appeal. “Justice Chamberland, an exceptional jurist, leaves a unique legacy to the Court of Appeal. His reading of the law is meticulous, stemming from his deep sense of justice. He is an experienced colleague, one valued for his wisdom, availability and dedication to everyone and to the administration of the Court. For more than 28 years, colleagues and litigants have always been at the heart of his concerns. He is and will remain a model for us all and his presence on the Court will be greatly missed,” said Chief Justice Manon Savard. His colleagues extend their best wishes to him on his retirement.