The Honourable Arthur Thomas Procter
1948 - 1961 Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal
Arthur Thomas Procter was born in 1886 in Oswald, Manitoba. He was educated at St. John’s College in Winnipeg and later attended the University of Manitoba. He obtained his law degree in 1910.
Mr. Procter was called to the Saskatchewan bar in Moosomin in 1911. He worked as a Crown prosecutor in Moosomin from 1914-1915. In 1915, he enlisted as a private in the army. He served in France and three years later was discharged as a lieutenant. Mr. Procter suffered injuries during the war that left him with permanent physical disabilities. After the war he met Marjory Perly-Martin, who worked at a soldier’s hospital. They were married in 1918. Mr. Procter returned to Moosomin in 1918 and resumed his law practice.
In 1926, Mr. Procter was named King’s Counsel. During 1928-1929, he was the assistant counsel for the Royal Grain Commission. In 1929, he ran and lost in the provincial election as a Liberal in the Moosomin constituency. In 1934, he ran again and won the election. He served as the Minister of Highways from 1938-1944. During 1944-1948, Mr. Procter was one of a five-person opposition in the Legislature.
Mr. Procter was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1948. He retired from the Court of Appeal in March 1961, when a Constitutional amendment made it mandatory for judges to retire at the age of 75. He died in 1964 after battling a lengthy illness. Justice Procter was famous for his skills as a public speaker and his quick wit. After his death, Chief Justice Culliton said that “he was a man of unimpeachable character and integrity” and had “a constant desire to prevent injustice where it might occur and correct it where it did”.