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Minister Parsons Announces Appointment of Two New Provincial Court Judges
August 08, 2017
The Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General, announced today the appointment of two new Provincial Court Judges.
Robin Fowler is appointed to the Provincial Court in Grand Falls-Winsor and Kari Ann Pike, QC, is appointed to the Provincial Court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Mr. Fowler replaces Judge Timothy Chalker, who retired on July 12, 2017. Ms. Pike is replacing Judge John Joy, who retired on July 28, 2017.
Biographies for Mr. Fowler and Ms. Pike can be found in the backgrounder below.
“On behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, I would like to congratulate Judge Robin Fowler and Judge Kari Ann Pike on their new roles. Both bring with them decades of experience working in the justice system; Mr. Fowler and Ms. Pike both demonstrate high levels of professionalism, compassion and decisiveness. The Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador will benefit tremendously from their commitment and dedication to the practice of law.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General
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Justice and Public Safety
Robin Fowler was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Courts and Corporate Services with the Department of Justice and Public Safety in October 2016. Mr. Fowler received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1999 and a Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University in 1994. Mr. Fowler was called to the bar in 2000 and worked with the provincial Crown Attorney’s Office, including the Special Prosecutions Office, for approximately 13 years. In 2013 he joined the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Mr. Fowler has extensive experience prosecuting complex files at all levels of court across Newfoundland and Labrador, including acting as lead counsel in numerous jury trials. He is a Bencher, a trained mediator and member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and served as the CBA Criminal Section Chair for Newfoundland and Labrador. In September 2016, Mr. Fowler trained prosecutors in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of the CBA’s Supporting Access to Justice for Children in East Africa project.
Kari Ann Pike, QC
Kari Ann Pike, QC, graduated from Regina High School in Corner Brook in 1986. In 1990 she graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Philosophy, with a concentration in jurisprudence. In 1993 she graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Laws degree. While attending school she was accepted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Crown Apprenticeship program which set the path for her legal career as a Crown Attorney. After articling with the Crown Attorney’s Office in Corner Brook, she was admitted to the Bar of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1994. Since then she has remained with the Department of Justice and Public Safety; currently in the Stephenville office. Over the last 22 years she has appeared before the Provincial and Supreme Court and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2017. Ms. Pike is of Mi’kmaq First Nations heritage and her family has always actively practiced and celebrated their culture.
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