Flanked by Justice Benjamin Taylor, and Chief Justice of the P.E.I. Supreme Court trial division Jacqueline Matheson, newly sworn in Supreme Court Justice John Mitchell looks on during a ceremony for the taking of his oath of office Friday in Charlottetown. Guardian photo by Nigel Armstrong
John K. Mitchell will be sworn in as a judge of the P.E.I. Court of Appeal during a special sitting of the courts on Thursday at 4 p.m.
The special sitting will be held at the Sir Louis Henry Davies Law Courts in Charlottetown.
The court of appeal is the appellate court for the province of Prince Edward Island. It is composed of three judges and hears appeals from the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island and the Prince Edward Island Provincial Court, as well as from the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission, the Workers Compensation Appeals Tribunal and some other statutory tribunals.
Mitchell has been a judge of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island since 2008. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal by Order of the Committee of the Privy Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice of Canada, effective Sept. 1.
He replaced John A. McQuaid, who served as a judge of the court of appeal for more than 20 years and has retired.
Mitchell joins David H. Jenkins, chief justice of Prince Edward Island, and Michele M. Murphy on the court.
The public is welcome to attend the ceremony.