The Honourable Justice Denise M. Boudreau
Justice Boudreau comes to the Bench from the Atlantic Office of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) where, for the past six years, she served as a Crown Prosecutor. She specialized in prosecuting major crime throughout the Atlantic Region, representing the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in the Courts of New Brunswick, Newfoundland And Labrador, and Nova Scotia; particularly when proceedings were conducted in French. Most recently, she was part of the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Section of the PPSC Atlantic Office, serving as the team’s interim leader.
Before joining the PPSC, Justice Boudreau worked with Nova Scotia Legal Aid for nine years. Her focus there was on criminal law and family and child protection law. And prior to her time with Nova Scotia Legal Aid, she had been an associate with the law firm of LeBlanc, MacDonald, and Pickup in Port Hawkesbury. Her main area of private practice was criminal law.
Justice Boudreau’s first language is French. She was raised in the Acadian community of Cheticamp and educated in French. She attended Acadia University (class of’89) and studied law in French at the Universite de Moncton law school, graduating in 1992. She was admitted to the Bar of New Brunswick in 1992 and to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1993. In 2011, she was awarded a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
She was an active member of the Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse and was involved with various civic and charitable organizations. She served as a member and Chair of the Leeside Transition House in Port Hawkesbury, a shelter for women and children in crisis. She also recently completed six years as a member of the Board of Directors of Université Sainte-Anne.
Justice Boudreau presides in Halifax, at the Law Courts, replacing Justice Suzanne M. Hood, who elected to become a supernumerary Judge in May of 2013.