|Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal|
July 2, 2003
|Born||July 14, 1945
St-Michel, Bellechasse County, Quebec
|Alma mater||Laval University
London School of Economics and Political Science(PhD)
Early life and education
Born July 14, 1945, St-Michel, Bellechasse County, Quebec, Justice Létourneau was educated at Laval University and holds a Ph.D. in Law and Criminal Procedure from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Academic career and scholarship
Justice Létourneau has served as Vice-Dean, Director of Undergraduate Studies and professor in the Law Faculty of Laval University, and is the author or co-author of over 100 texts, reports or articles connected with the law, legislation, the administration of justice and reform. Between 1977 and 1985, he served Quebec editor of the Canadian law report "Criminal Reports".
From 1977 to 1995, Létourneau worked in the Department of Justice in Quebec. After serving five years as Vice-President, Létourneau was appointed President of the Law Reform Commission of Canada on July 5, 1990. In 1991, he was appointed Queen's Counsel and on May 13, 1992, Judge of the Federal Court of Canada, Appeal Division and ex officio member of the Trial Division, and Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada on May 13, 1992.
On March 20, 1995, he was appointed Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the Deployment of Canadian Forces to Somalia and remained on the commission for the duration of its nearly two-year term.
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