Nunavut’s legal profession pays tribute to retiring chief justice – Nunatsiaq News

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Apr 15, 2024

Lawyers and judges say Neil Sharkey showed kindness, integrity, fairness and wisdom throughout lengthy career

As a young lawyer, when Neil Sharkey would run past the Baffin Correctional Centre as part of his exercise regimen, he would stop into the jail and invite inmates to come for a jog with him.

“A man leading other men in a healing pursuit,” Justice Christian Lyons said, telling the story as a tribute to the retiring chief justice during his April 13 swearing-out ceremony.

Lyons was one of 10 members of Nunavut’s legal community who paid tribute to Sharkey. More than 50 people turned out for the event at the Iqaluit courthouse.

“People with old-fashioned community-building values, like Justice Sharkey, are vital,” Lyons said.

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