Meet Justice Mahmud Jamal – Canada’s first person of colour to be appointed to Supreme Court

04:59 PM | 18 Jun, 2021
Meet Justice Mahmud Jamal – Canada’s first person of colour to be appointed to Supreme Court
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OTTAWA – Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nominated Justice Mahmud Jamal as the next member of the country’s top court.

Justice Jamal will become the first Muslim (Baha’i faith) judge to take the seat, replacing Justice Rosalie Abella.

"I know that Justice Jamal, with his exceptional legal and academic experience and dedication to serving others, will be a valuable asset to our country's highest court," the Canadian PM said in a statement.

The fully bilingual Justice Jamal was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1967 to a family originally from India. His family moved to the UK in search of a better life in 1969 and settled in Edmonton in 1981 where he attended high school.

He is the first person in his family to attend university. He spent a year at the London School of Economics before getting his economics degree from the University of Toronto.

He then went to McGill to study common law and Quebec civil law before getting his graduate law degree from Yale Law School.

Later, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2019 and appeared in 35 appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada on civil, constitutional, criminal and regulatory issues.

The judge is being congratulated for his nomination, with many criticising the delay in nominating 146 years to nominate Canada's 'first judge of colour' to sit on the Supreme Court..

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