City lawyer to be sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Published on May 1, 2014

Corner Brook lawyer George Murphy will be sworn in as a judge of the trial division of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador on May 12.

His appointment to the court was announced by federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay on April 11.

Murphy, a lawyer with Poole Althouse in Corner Brook, received a bachelor of education and bachelor of physical education from Memorial University in 1987, and a bachelor of laws from Dalhousie University in 1990. He was called to the Bar of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1991 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2007.

He has practised with Poole Althouse since 1992. His main areas of practice were corporate and commercial law, including will and estates, tax planning and labour law. He has also prosecuted drug and other federal offences on an agency basis.

Murphy was elected a bencher of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2002. He served on the Complaints Authorization Committee from 2001 to 2012 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2010. He has served as a president of the Law Society since June 2013. He has also served with local community organizations, including as a board member of the Western Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Corner Brook Chamber of Commerce.

Murphy will replace Justice Robert Stack in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Stack was transferred to St. John’s to replace Justice Robert Hall after he elected to become a supernumerary judge in September.

The swearing in ceremony will be held at the Corner Brook Law Courts Building at 10 a.m. on May 12. It will be presided over by Justice David Orsborn, chief justice of the trial division.