Ottawa appoints respected lawyer to the Nunavut bench
Former Crown prosecutor replaces Andrew Mahar, who joins the NWT Supreme Court
Paul Bychok, a respected lawyer who recently retired as a Crown prosecutor in Nunavut, will now serve as a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice.
Peter MacKay, the federal justice minister, made the announcement June 26.
Bychok fills a spot on the Nunavut bench vacated May 28 by Andrew Mahar, who was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories.
Between 2003 and his retirement from the job this past April 2, Bychok served as a senior lawyer for the Public Prosecution Service in Nunavut.
Prior to that, he worked as a senior Crown attorney for the Public Prosecution Service in Halifax.
“I have always believed passionately in what I do,” Bychok said this March 14 in a speech at a dinner held by members of the Iqaluit legal community to mark his retirement from the Crown prosecutors’ office.
Bychok’s appointment is effective immediately, the federal justice department said.