One of Prince Albert’s prominent defence lawyers has become La Ronge’s newest judges.
Mary McAauley was appointed a provincial court judge in La Ronge. The announcement was made via press release Friday.
“Judge McAuley is an exceptional appointment to the bench,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.
“She has made valuable contributions to the legal profession in the province for more than 10 years. Her diverse experience will certainly enhance the judicial system in our province.”
McAuley received her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2006. She articled with the Ministry of Justice and practiced in P.A.
She has spent time as a prosecutor, defence lawyer with legal aid and as a private lawyer. She has practiced with her firm, McAuley Law Firm, since 2012.
McAuley was raised in Northern Saskatchewan, and is one of the only fluent Cree-speaking Métis female lawyers in Saskatchewan.
“Her ability to use her first language of Cree and cultural understandings in working and communicating with Cree speaking citizens in the justice system will be an asset in helping them navigate the court process,” the press release said.
“As a Métis woman who grew up in Cumberland House and a lawyer whose clients are largely First Nation and Métis people, she has a unique awareness and understanding of their circumstances and needs.”