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Richard Chartier becomes new Chief Justice of Manitoba

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Stephen Harper elevated Manitoba Court of Appeal judge Richard Chartier to Chief Justice of Manitoba in one of two court appointments announced today.

The Prime Minister's Office also announced the second appointment, Shane Perlmutter -- a Queen's Bench judge -- to Associate Chief Justice.

Chartier replaces the Honourable Richard J. Scott, whose retirement came into effect March 1.

Permutter replaces the Honourable William J. Burnett who was appointed to the Manitoba Court of Appeal.

Chartier served as a provincial court judge from 1993 to 2006 when he was elevated to the Court of Appeal. He's recognized as holding expertise in criminal and family litigation.

Permutter was appointed to the Queen's Bench in 2011. His main areas of expertise are civil litigation and administrative law.

The appointments take effective immediately.

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