Marie Deschamps

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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 64)
Repentigny, Quebec

Marie Deschamps, CC (born October 2, 1952 in Repentigny, Quebec) is a former 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. She was promoted to the Supreme Court of Canada in September 2002, at the age of 49, as the 75th judge appointed to the Supreme Court.[3] 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.[4]

In 2014, the Government of Canada named Justice Deschamps to conduct an external review into sexual assault in the Canadian Forces.[5] The report was published on March 27, 2015. [6]


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".[9]


At the time of her appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada, Deschamps was noted as also being a marathon runner. Her common law spouse, Paul Gobeil, was a former member of the Quebec National Assembly, who had served in the cabinet of Premier Robert Bourassa.[3]

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