Media Release

Justice Frances P. O’Brien will be sworn in as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The Honourable J. Derek Green, Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal, will preside at the Ceremony. The Minute of the Meeting of the Committee of the Privy Council for Canada will be read by the Registrar of the Court of Appeal. Chief Justice Green will then administer the Oaths of Office, formally introduce Justice O’Brien and request invited speakers, including representatives of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Minister of Justice and Public Safety of Newfoundland and Labrador, the President of the Law Society and the President of the Canadian Bar Association, to respond.

This will be the first appointment to, and change in the composition of, the Court of Appeal in seven years.

The Swearing-In Ceremony will take place in Courtroom No. 1 in the main Courthouse of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, Court House, Duckworth Street, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The media are welcome to videotape the proceedings and to take photographs.

For further information regarding this Ceremony, you may contact the Office of Connie Greene, Judicial Assistant to Chief Justice, at telephone number (709)729-7903 or email