Marie Deschamps

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The Honourable
Marie Deschamps
Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
In office
August 7, 2002 – August 7, 2012
Nominated by Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Claire L'Heureux-Dubé
Succeeded by Richard Wagner
Personal details
Born (1952-10-02) October 2, 1952 (age 61)
Repentigny, Quebec

Marie Deschamps, CC (born October 2, 1952 in Repentigny, Quebec) was a puisne justice on the Supreme Court of Canada.[1] She retired on August 7, 2012.[2]

Early life[edit]

Deschamps was born in Repentigny, Quebec.


She studied law at the Université de Montréal, graduating in 1974 and completing a Masters in 1983 at McGill.


Legal and judicial[edit]

She was called to the bar in 1975 and then practiced at several Quebec law firms until 1990.

In April 1990 Deschamps was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court and in March 1992 to the Quebec Court of Appeal and promoted to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2002. She retired from the court on August 7, 2012.

On October 2, 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper nominated Richard Wagner to the Supreme Court of Canada to replace her.[3]


Deschamps has taken on several academic posts:


In 2013, she was made a Companion of the Order of Canada "for her numerous contributions as a jurist and for her dedication to youth development".[6]

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