The Honourable James Prendergast
1902 - 1906 Justice of the Supreme Court of the North-West Territories
1906 - 1910 Justice of the Supreme Court of Saskatchewan
James Emile Pierre Prendergast was born in Quebec City on March 22, 1858 and was educated at Laval University. In 1882 he moved to Manitoba. He was a member of the Manitoba legislature from 1885 to 1896 and served as mayor of St. Boniface from 1893 to 1896.
From 1897 to 1902, Mr. Prendergast was a Judge of the County Court for Manitoba. Then from 1902 to 1906 he served as a Judge on the Supreme Court of the North-West Territories. From 1906 to 1910, he served as a Judge on the Supreme Court of Saskatchewan. He was appointed to the Manitoba Court of King’s Bench in 1910.
Justice Prendergast became Chief Justice of the Manitoba Court of Appeal in December, 1929 and retired in 1944. He had a remarkable judicial record, serving for forty-seven years on the bench in six different positions. He died in 1945.
*Some of this information is from Substantial Justice: Law and Lawyers in Manitoba 1670-1970, written by Dale and Lee Gibson (Winnipeg: Peguis Publishers, 1972). The photograph of Justice Prendergast is from the same publication.