Red Deer appointed a new federal judge

New appointments part of 2017 federal budget earlier this week

  • Mar. 24, 2017 9:40 p.m.

Red Deer has been appointed a new justice in the City’s Court of Queen’s Bench.

The Honourable Marilyn Slawinsky, a judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta, is appointed a justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Red Deer. She replaces Justice Kirk Sisson, who retired on Jan. 3rd.

Slawinsky was appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta in September 2015. She holds a B.Sc. from Brandon University and a J.D. from the University of Manitoba.

She maintained a private practice in Red Deer for more than 20 years, primarily in the areas of family law, wills and estates, estate litigation, and personal injury. During this time, Slawinsky developed particular expertise in conflict resolution and became a registered family mediator.

From 2012 to 2015, she held managerial roles within Alberta Justice, overseeing the delivery of dispute resolution services and programming. She then became Interim Public Complaint director and legal counsel to the Calgary Police Commission, before her appointment to the bench.

“I am thrilled that Alberta is receiving four new appointments to the Court of Queen’s Bench immediately, plus funding for 12 additional judges in the new federal budget. These judges are desperately needed in Alberta and will improve access to justice for Albertans, while relieving pressures on our courts,” said Kathleen Ganley, minister of Justice and Solicitor General. “I have been advocating for more judges on Alberta’s superior courts since I was elected. This is what effective advocacy looks like, and I’d like to thank the federal government for being willing to meet us at the table, hear our concerns and take meaningful action.”