On June 1, 2021, Justice Louis Rochette retired after 26 years on the bench, including 20 years at the Court of Appeal of Quebec.
In 1972, Justice Rochette earned a Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law at Université Laval, graduating with distinction. After his admission to the Quebec Bar in 1974, he first practised law in the firm of St-Hilaire, De Blois. He then embarked on a long and fruitful career in the Quebec public service, first in the Legal Affairs Branch of the Department of the Environment in 1975, then in the Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice in 1984, and finally, as head of that department in 1989. Justice Rochette was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court on November 1, 1994 and elevated to the Court of Appeal of Quebec on February 1, 2000.
The Court of Appeal has benefited enormously from Justice Rochette’s legal talent and skills, as well as from his work on the judicial IT security committee. He was also the driving force behind the development and launch of the Court’s website. “Justice Rochette, the author of many detailed and insightful judgments, is a colleague loved by all and on whom we have always been able to rely. His versatility, his mastery of the rules of law and of the French language, and his ability to work collaboratively have made him a pillar of the Court. Justice Rochette is a valuable colleague who will certainly be missed. From the bottom of our hearts, we wish him a wonderful and satisfying retirement with his loved ones,” said Chief Justice Manon Savard.