The Honourable Anne M. Turley

Justice Anne M. Turley was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She received both her undergraduate degree and law degree from Queen’s University. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993.

Justice Turley spent her 30-year career as a civil litigator with the Department of Justice in Ottawa, having been appointed Senior General Counsel in 2009. Her broad-based litigation practice consisted of appearances before all levels of courts, particularly the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Courts, on a wide range of issues, including administrative, constitutional and human rights law. Justice Turley also appeared before federal administrative tribunals and commissions of inquiry. She was lead counsel for the Government of Canada before the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Justice Turley has been an active contributor to legal education and mentoring in the Department of Justice and the wider legal community. In 2009, she founded an ongoing initiative within the department to support, develop and mentor women litigators. She has been a director of The Advocates’ Society, an advocacy advisor with the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute and a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies. Justice Turley was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in October 2021.

Appointed Justice of the Federal Court, and ex officio member of the Federal Court of Appeal, on May 4, 2023.

Date modified: 2023-05-17

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