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Judges > Robert G. Richards

Chief Justice Robert G. Richards

Chief Justice Robert G. Richards was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2004 and named Chief Justice in 2013. He received a B.Comm (1975) and LL.B. (1979) from the University of Saskatchewan and an LL.M. (1982) from Harvard Law School. The Chief Justice served as a law clerk to Justice Martland of the Supreme Court of Canada (1979-80) and as a Parliamentary Intern in the House of Commons (1980-81). He was an associate lawyer with Gowling and Henderson in Ottawa (1982-84) and Director of Constitutional Law with the Saskatchewan Department of Justice (1985-90). The Chief Justice then joined MacPherson Leslie and Tyerman in Regina. As a lawyer he maintained a litigation practice with an emphasis on public law and appellate matters. He was counsel in over 40 Supreme Court of Canada appeals. The Chief Justice has held numerous leadership positions in the legal community including Chair of the Supreme Court of Canada – Canadian Bar Association Liaison Committee and Co-Chair of the National Canadian Bar Association Constitutional Human Rights Law Section. He is a frequent, long-time lecturer at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan and at the Bar Admission Course.