The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of
Canada, announced on April 24, 2015, that the Honourable Mr.
Justice Marshall Rothstein wrote to the Minister of Justice, the
Honourable Peter MacKay, to advise that he will retire from the
Supreme Court of Canada following the end of the spring session of
the Court. Justice Rothstein’s retirement will be effective
Aug. 31, 2015. The Judges Act provides that a judge of the
Supreme Court of Canada may, for a period of six months following
his or her retirement, continue to participate in judgments with
respect to cases heard prior to retiring.
Chief Justice McLachlin said, “Justice Rothstein has
served on the Court with distinction, and made enormous
contributions to the Court and to Canada. He is a wonderful
colleague and friend who will be greatly missed.”
For his part, Justice Rothstein said, “Upon my retirement,
I will have been a judge for over 23 years, including more than
nine years as a judge of the Supreme Court of Canada. I am grateful
for this privilege and mindful of the honour and public trust that
attach to the holding of judicial office in Canada.”
Justice Rothstein was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada
on March 1, 2006, after serving over 13 years as a judge of the
Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, and a distinguished
career at the Manitoba Bar.
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