Parbinder Kaur Shergill has become the first immigrant Indian Sikh lady judge of the Supreme Court in Canada’s British Columbia. She immigrated to Canada at the age of four along with her parents.
The appointment of the first immigrant Indian Sikh lady judge was declared by the Attorney General and Justice Minister of Canada in accordance with the latest application process for the judiciary in Canada, as quoted by the Times of India. The latest procedure for judicial appointments gives more emphasis on diversity, merit, and transparency and will also continue to ensure the appointment of judges who satisfy the highest standards of integrity and excellence.
Shergill is a renowned lawyer in Canada for human rights and had assisted in shaping the religious accommodation and human rights law in Canada through her services as the World Sikh Organization of Canada’s General Legal Counsel.
Before being appointed as the judge of the Supreme Court in Canada the immigrant Indian Justice Parbinder Kaur Shergill practiced law mediation through her firm Shergill and Co, Trial Advocates. She has vast appellate and trial experience and has appeared in diverse tribunals and courts in Canada that includes the Canadian Supreme Court.
The press release of the Justice Minister further elaborated that the immigrant Indian Justice Parbinder Kaur Shergill was appointed in 2012 as the Counsel for the Queen. She has also received the Community Service Golden Jubilee Medal of the Queen.
Shergill grew up in British Columbia’s Williams Lake. She received her Law degree at the Saskatchewan University. Summoned in 1991 to the Bar of British Columbia, Shergill held leading positions both outside and within the legal fraternity. She was also associated with the Bar Association of Canada and British Columbia’s Association for Trial Lawyers.
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