On Friday, March 6, at the provincial courthouse in Wynyard, longtime local lawyer Michelle Marquette was sworn in as a judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan. Court was called into session and presided over by Chief Judge Plemmel, who also gave the opening remarks.
Judge Marquette was presented to the court by Wynyard lawyer and colleague Jacqueline Ferraton, who gave a brief history of Marquette’s personal and professional life, acknowledging her dedication to her clients and particularly her always professional manner when dealing with clients and colleagues alike.
Chief Judge Plemel administered the Oath of Office and Allegiance before introducing the attending dignitaries, who welcomed and congratulated Marquette on her achievement.
In attendance was the Honourable Deputy Minister of Justice, Kevin Fenwik, representing the Honourable Gordon Wyant, Q.C, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, who could attend. The Honourable Mr. Justice Michael T. Megaw, Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench, brought congratulations from the Bench. Marquette’s steady and congenial demeanour and her breadth of practice were praised by those who brought congratulations.
“It is truly a privilege,” Marquette responded, “to be invited to the Bench and I want to acknowledge the members of the court who have welcomed me so wonderfully into their warm and collegial environment. I appreciate all of the assistance you have and will continue to provide to me.”
Marquette, who began her rural law practice 20 years ago, owned Marquette Law with offices in both Wadena and Kelvington. Raised on a farm at Kelvington, she and her husband Barry have raised four children on her family’s farm and she will continue to reside there as she holds court in the Wynyard circuit.
“I have always practised law in a small community,” Marquette said, “and when you practise and live in a small community you develop personal relationships with many of your clients. I will always be grateful that the people in the local communities, one of which I grew up in, entrusted me to assist them in what, for many, were difficult and challenging situations.
“An appointment to the Bench is a privilege,” she concluded, crediting some of her words to Justice Mary Gaudron of the High Court of Australia, “and with that privilege comes great personal responsibility … I shall do my very best to discharge my judicial duties … to uphold the law and the institutions of the law, in this great province.”
By Susan Lowndes