Attorney General and Justice Minister Ross Landry has announced that Timothy Gabriel of Dartmouth has been appointed judge to the family and provincial courts, today, Sept. 9. “The family and provincial courts are essential to our justice system,” said Mr. Landry. “We are fortunate to have someone with Mr. Gabriel’s background and experience in this important position.” Mr. Gabriel graduated from Dalhousie University in 1982 with a bachelor of law degree. Before his judicial appointment, he was twice elected to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Bar Council and served on its executive committee. Mr. Gabriel also chaired the professional standards (family law) committee, was vice-chair of the finance committee and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in January. Although born and raised in Halifax, Mr. Gabriel and his family are members of the St. Georges Bay Indian Band in Newfoundland, soon to become part of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band. Provincial court judges must meet the criteria set by the Advisory Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments. Committee members include two members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, judges of the provincial and family courts, one who may be a chief judge, and four members appointed by the Minister of Justice.