Commission

Commissioner – The Honourable Justice Richard LeBlanc

CommissionerJustice Richard LeBlanc is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School having previously obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Mary’s University. Justice LeBlanc practiced law in this Province for ten years until his appointment as a Judge.

Justice LeBlanc has been a judge for twenty-eight years having been appointed to the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1989 and then to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, Trial Division in 2000. He has experience in deciding cases in all areas of the law, including civil, criminal and family cases. Since 2012, Justice LeBlanc served as the Senior Administrative Judge for the Family Division of the Supreme Court.

Justice LeBlanc has been extensively involved in the reform and improvement of the justice system while acting as a judge, particularly in the areas of Court practices, alternative dispute resolution and access to justice.

Justice LeBlanc is a member of a number of provincial and federal judicial committees and groups.

Co-Counsel – Kate O’Brien

Kate O'BrienMs. O’Brien was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 2003 and the Bar of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2004 having obtained her LL.B. from the University of British Columbia. She completed a Bachelors of Engineering from Memorial University in 1996. Ms. O’Brien was legal counsel to the 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission and co-counsel to the Commission of Inquiry Respecting the Death of Donald Dunphy.

Co-Counsel – Barry Learmonth

Mr. Learmonth was admitted to the Bar of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1977 having obtained his LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1976. Mr. Learmonth was appointed Queen’s Counsel in August 2001. He is a partner in the firm of Learmonth, Dunne and Boulos. The primary focus of his legal practice has been in the area of civil litigation, including professional liability and construction law.