Judith Keating Q.C, was appointed the chair of the Tribunal on November 3, 2016 for a term of five years. Mrs. Keating has been a lawyer for over 34 years. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002.
After four years in the private practice of law, she became a career public servant, having been employed by the Province of New Brunswick for over 30 years. She initially joined the Department of Justice and Office of the Attorney General as a Legislative Counsel in December of 1985. She has also been Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General, Chief Legislative Counsel, and Chief Legal Advisor to the Premier. Most recently, she was the Government of New Brunswick' First Nations Representative. In this capacity, she was also designated as the Provincial Chair of the working group on Truth & Reconciliation.
Mrs. Keating is equally well versed in the democratic process, the structures of Government, administrative law, constitutional law and legislative interpretation. She has promoted the Province in her areas of expertise on the international level.
Throughout her career, Mrs. Keating worked tirelessly at promoting structures and processes which are respectful of the equal status of the English and French languages in the Province. She has also devoted herself to ensuring the equal and just treatment of women in the legal profession by both the profession and the government. In 1993, she became the founder and first president of New Brunswick’s Women in law.
Mrs. Keating is the Editor-in-Chief of the Solicitor’s Journal of the Canadian Bar Association, a past member of the Board of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, the past Chair of the Institute’s National Conference on legislative drafting, an active member of the Associations of Parliamentary Counsel and Legislative Counsel in Canada, having also been Association Chair in 2006, an active member of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative and Parliamentary Counsel, and past president and member of Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB).
Throughout the years, Mrs. Keating sat on several Moot Court Tribunals at both New Brunswick Law Faculties and delivered presentations on legislative drafting, legislative interpretation in a bilingual context, legislated bilingualism and Constitutional Law. She has also been course leader for the Law Society of New Brunswick’s Bar Admission Course on legal drafting for numerous years.
Mrs. Keating is currently a member of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunal's (CCAT) Committee on Tribunal Excellence in Adjudication. She is also the co-chair for CCAT's 36th Annual Symposium which will be held in May 2020. She has also obtained her Certificate in Adjudication from Osgoode Hall Law School and is a member of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators.
Mrs. Keating also contributed to her community by volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society and was also a member of the Board of Women in Transition.
She is the 2015 recipient of the Muriel Corkery-Ryan Q.C. Award of the CBA, N.B. granted to recognize the outstanding contributions of an individual to the profession, as well as their significant role as mentor of women.