Palbinder Kaur Shergill becomes first turbaned Sikh judge in Canada Supreme Court
Prior to her appointment to the bench, Shergill practised as a lawyer and mediator with her law firm, Shergill & Company, Trial Lawyers. Photograph: (Facebook)
Palbinder Kaur Shergill has become the first turbaned Sikh woman Supreme Court judge of Canada.
She was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in New Westminster.
She replaces Justice EA Arnold-Bailey, who retired on May 31, 2017.
Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the appointment on Friday under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, Justice Palbinder Kaur Shergill practised as a lawyer and mediator with her law firm, Shergill & Company, Trial Lawyers.
The World Sikh Organization (WSO) President Mukhbir Singh said: “The appointment of Justice Shergill is another milestone for the Sikh community in Canada. It is a matter of great pride that we today have the first turbaned Sikh appointed to the judiciary in Canada and that too someone who has worked so closely with our organization.”
She had served as general legal counsel for the WSO since 1991 on a pro bono basis.
The WSO said that Shergill has been a leading human rights advocate and has represented the WSO and the interests of the Canadian Sikh community in several landmark cases heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.