Glenn Joyal

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The Honourable Mr. Justice Glenn D. Joyal was appointed as a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba on July 10, 2007. He replaced Mr. Justice A.L. Clearwater, who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

Mr. Justice Joyal pursued Graduate Studies in Public Law and Political Theory at Oxford University in 1995-1996. He received a Master of Arts (with distinction) from the University of Manitoba in 1992 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1986, after study at the University of Manitoba and McGill University. He was admitted to the Bar of Manitoba in 1987 and practised as a Provincial Crown Attorney in Manitoba (1986–1990), with Justice Canada (1990–1997) and then with the firm of Wolch Pinx Tapper Scurfield in Winnipeg (1997–1998).

Mr. Justice Joyal was appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba in 1998, where he developed his expertise in criminal and constitutional law. On March 2, 2007, he was appointed to the Manitoba Court of Appeal, replacing Mr. Justice Charles Huband. He works in both English and French and has acted as a Member of several Provincial Court Committees. He has been Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for St. Mary's Academy, a Member of Board of Directors for Cercle Molière Theatre and a Member of l'Association des juristes d'expression française du Manitoba.

His decision to move from the Court of Appeal to the Court of Queen's Bench a few months after his appointment sparked some controversy, which received media attention.


  • Government of Canada News Release (accessed July 26, 2007)
  • Government of Canada News Release (accessed July 26, 2007)
  • P. Samyn, "Manitoba Judge is Demoted by Minister" (Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 2007)
  • Chief Justice Richard J. Scott and Chief Justice Marc Monnin, "Justice Requested Change" (Winnipeg Free Press - letter to the editor, 27 June 2007)
  • Antoine F. Hacault, "Reputation Unfairly Hurt" (Winnipeg Free Press - letter to the editor, 27 June 2007)
  • Harvey I. Pollock, "Joyal Not Demoted" (Winnipeg Free Press - letter to the editor, 27 June 2007)
  • P. Samyn, "Appeal Court Judge Asked for Shift to Queen's Bench" (Winnipeg Free Press, 27 June 2007)