Meet the Judges
The Honourable Mr. Justice R. Kilpatrick
Mr. Justice Kilpatrick graduated in Law from the University of British Columbia in 1980 and was called to the Bar of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory in 1981. He was also called to the Bar of the Northwest Territories in 1992.
Mr. Justice Kilpatrick first practiced law as a sole practitioner in Whitehorse, Yukon. From 1988-1992, he had a criminal defence practice with the firm of Veale, Kilpatrick, Austring and Farkvam in Whitehorse.From 1992-1998, he was Crown Counsel with the Department of Justice of Canada in Inuvik. Prior to his appointment to the bench in 1999, Mr. Justice Kilpatrick had been Administrative Crown Counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Smithers, British Columbia.
Mr. Justice Johnson obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Bishop's University in 1968 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick in 1971. After completing his articles in New Brunswick, he practiced law in Saint John and Fredericton before moving to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in 1974 to work with the territorial government. He went into private practice in 1976 and practiced law in Yellowknife until 1997.
In 1997, Mr. Justice Johnson became Senior Legal Counsel with the Legal Division of the Government of the Northwest Territories in Yellowknife where he was primarily responsible for major litigation involving the territorial government. He represented the Government in constitutional and jurisdictional matters as well as defending sexual abuse claims. Mr. Justice Johnson is also experienced in mediation and Alternate Dispute Resolution. He is a former Chair of the Labour Standards Board of the Northwest Territories and served as Law Clerk to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories (1980-1981). Mr. Justice Johnson was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1992. He was appointed a Judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice in 2002.
The Honourable Mr. Justice N. Sharkey
Mr. Justice Sharkey received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. He was admitted to the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1976, to the Northwest Territories Bar in 1983 and Nunavut Bar in 1999. Mr. Justice Sharkey was a Crown Prosecutor for the Attorney General of Saskatchewan from 1978 to 1979, a legal aid staff lawyer with Saskatchewan Legal Aid from 1979 to 1981, and an associate with Rees, Newsham & Co. from 1981 to 1983. He was Crown Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada from 1983 to 1985, Executive Director with Maligniik Tukisiniakvik from 1985 to 1999, and practised with Iqaluit Law Chambers since 2005. Mr. Justice Sharkey has developed an expertise in criminal appeals and major criminal cases. He was appointed a Judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice in December 2008.
The Honourable Madame Justice S. Cooper
Madam Justice Cooper received a Bachelor of Science in 1983
and a Bachelor of Laws in 1987 from the University of Alberta. She was called to the Northwest Territories Bar in 1988,
the Alberta Bar in 1990, and the Nunavut Bar in 1999. Madam Justice Cooper was an associate at the law firm of Cooper Johnson in
Yellowknife, NWT from 1988 to 1992 and practised as a sole practitioner in Yellowknife from 1992 to 1993. She practiced in
Iqaluit from 1993 to 1998. She was a partner at Chandler & Cooper from 1998 to the date of her appointment.
From 1999 to the appointment, she was the first Law Clerk to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. Her main
practice areas include criminal, family, civil, child protection, municipal, administrative, employment and
Madam Justice Cooper is a member of the Law Society of Nunavut, the Law Society of Northwest Territories, the Canadian Council of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Federation of Law Societies and the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals. She was Vice-Chair of the Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal and the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Safety and Compensation Commission, Appeals Tribunal. She is a director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. She was appointed a Judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice in December 2009.
The Honourable Mr. Justice A. Mahar
Mr. Justice Mahar received a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University
in 1985 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto in 1990. He was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1992 and to the
bars of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories in 1999. Mr. Justice Mahar has been a sole practitioner in Iqaluit since 2001. Prior to that,
he practiced in Yellowknife from 1997 to 2001. He was the Clinic Director of the Kitikmeot Law Centre of the
Northwest Territories Legal Aid (now Nunavut Legal Aid)in Cambridge Bay from 1994 to 1997. He practiced criminal law in Toronto from
1993 to 1994 and was duty counsel from 1992 to 1993.
Mr. Justice Mahar was President of the Law Society of Nunavut from 2004 to 2006. He has been an instructor for the Legal Interpreters Program since 2001. He was appointed a Judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice in March 2012.
The Honorable Madam Justice B. Tulloch
Madam Justice Tulloch received a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto in 1995. She was admitted to the
Bar of Ontario in 1996 and the bars of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in 1998 and 1999 respectively. Madam Justice Tulloch
joined the Department of Justice Canada in 2004 as a Crown prosecutor in the Nunavut regional office. She became regional director
in Nunavut in 2005, a position she continued to hold within the then newly-created Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) until 2008. In 2007, she was named special
advisor on northern issues for the PPSC. Prior to that, she practiced criminal law in Iqaluit from 2003 to 2004 and worked with the
Legal Services Board of Nunavut from 2000 to 2003. She was with the Keewatin Legal Services Centre Society from 1998 to 2000 and a
sole practitioner in Bracebridge, Ontario from 1996 to 1998. Her main area of practice was criminal law.
Madam Justice Tulloch has been a member of the Akitsiraq Law School Society Board of Directors since 2007. She was an executive member of the Violence Against Women Working Group chaired by the Deputy Minister of Justice for Nunavut from 2005 to 2007 and Vice-Chairperson of the Nunavut Federal Council in 2006 and 2007. She is an active member of the Membership and Admissions Committee of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. She was President of the Nunavut Criminal Bar Association in 1998 and Vice-President of the Law Society of Nunavut in 1999. She was appointed a Judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice in March 2012.
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