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John H. Lamont

The Honourable John H. Lamont

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1907 - 1918   Justice of the Supreme Court of Saskatchewan
1918 - 1927   Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal
1927 - 1935   Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

John Henderson Lamont was born to Scottish immigrants in Horning’s Mills, Canada West (Ontario) in 1865. In the 1890s, he earned his arts and law degrees at the University of Toronto and took further law studies at Osgoode Hall. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1893 and practiced law in Toronto for six years.

Mr. Lamont came west in 1899 and started a law practice in Prince Albert. The law practice flourished. Mr. Alphonse Turgeon, who later became provincial Attorney General and Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal, joined his firm. In 1904, Mr. Lamont was elected a Liberal MP for the Saskatchewan constituency of the Northwest Territories. When Saskatchewan was founded in 1905, Mr. Lamont entered provincial politics and became the first Attorney General under Premier Walter Scott. As Attorney General, he faced the arduous task of creating the statutory framework for the Supreme Court, District Court System, and law enforcement via police magistrates.

Mr. Lamont was appointed to the provincial Supreme Court in 1907. In 1918, he became one of the judges of the newly formed Court of Appeal. Justice Lamont is credited with implementing the laws of the Torrens system.

In 1927, Justice Lamont was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, being only the second judge on that Court to come from the Prairies. In 1935, Justice Lamont became unable to sit on the bench due to illness. He died on March 10, 1936, in Ottawa.

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