Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday announced the appointment of Mahmud Jamal, the first person of colour, to Supreme Court of Canada.
“Justice Jamal had a distinguished career as a litigator with a deep commitment to pro bono work prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2019,” Trudeau said in a statement.
The statement further added Justince Jamal appeared before various provincial courts and in 35 appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada, addressing a wide range of civil, constitutional, criminal, and regulatory issues.
He also taught constitutional law at McGill University and administrative law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is bilingual.
The statement also added that this appointment is the fourth under the Supreme Court selection process launched by the Government of Canada in 2016.
“Through this process, an independent and non-partisan advisory board chaired by the Right Honourable Kim Campbell was tasked with identifying candidates,” the statement said, adding that Justice Jamal will fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella.