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 byJean Chrétien
Preceded byClaire L'Heureux-Dubé
Succeeded byRichard Wagner
Personal details
Born (1952-10-02) October 2, 1952 (age 66)
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 September, 2019, Deschamps was made a member of the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.[9][10]


In 2013, she was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada "for her numerous contributions as a jurist and for her dedication to youth development".[11]


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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Supreme Court of Canada biography
  2. ^ "Supreme Court loses third veteran judge in a year with Justice Marie Deschamps' departure". The Toronto Star. May 18, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Cristin Schmitz, "Deschamps plans to chart her own course". Ottawa Citizen, September 9, 2002: A3.
  4. ^ "Quebec judge Richard Wagner nominated to Supreme Court". CBC News. October 2, 2012.
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  7. ^ "L'honorable Marie Deschamps" (in French). Université de Sherbrooke.
  8. ^ "La Faculté accueille l'honorable Marie Deschamps" (in French). McGill University Faculty of Law. April 2010.
  9. ^ "The Prime Minister announces member of the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency". (Press release). PMO. September 9, 2019.
  10. ^ "Former justice Marie Deschamps named to panel overseeing spy agencies". National Post. September 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Governor General Announces 90 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 30, 2013.