Ottawa: Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of Suzanne Côté to the Supreme Court of Canada. Ms. Côté will fill the seat previously occupied by Mr. Justice Louis LeBel. The appointment is effective December 1, 2014.
Suzanne Côté is head of the Montréal litigation group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. She is one of the most experienced litigators in the country with extensive expertise in civil and commercial litigation over a distinguished 34 year career. Côté is the first woman from private practice to be directly appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. She is the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada by our Government, following Justice Andromache Karakatsanis, and it was this government who made history by appointing the first ever female Chief Justice to Quebec’s Court of Appeal.
Côté received the Advocatus Emeritus distinction in 2011 from the Barreau du Québec. She is a Fellow of the AmericanCollege of Trial Lawyers since 2005.
Côté has been recognized as among the Best Lawyers in Canada, the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and among Canada’s Top 25 Women Lawyers. She studied at l’Université Laval and has taught at l’Université du Québec à Rimouski, l’Université de Montréal, and the École du Barreau du Québec.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Côté to the Supreme Court of Canada. With her wealth of legal knowledge and decades of experience, Ms. Côté will be a tremendous benefit to this important Canadian institution. Her appointment is the result of broad consultations with prominent members of the Quebec legal community and we believe she will be a valued addition to Canada’s highest court.”