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Emmett M. Hall

The Honourable Emmett Matthew Hall

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1957 - 1961   Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan
1961 - 1962   Chief Justice of Saskatchewan
1962 - 1973   Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

Emmett M. Hall was born in 1898 in Saint-Columban, Quebec. His family relocated to Saskatoon in 1910. Fluent in French and English, Mr. Hall taught elementary school in northern Saskatchewan before attending law school at the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated in 1919 and was called to the Saskatchewan bar three years later.

Mr. Hall spent the next 35 years in private practice. In 1935 he was appointed King’s Counsel. He handled a number of high profile cases, such as matters arising from the Regina riots. From 1948 to 1958, he lectured at the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1952 he became president of the Law Society of Saskatchewan.  

Mr. Hall was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench in 1957. In 1961 he was appointed Chief Justice of Saskatchewan. Less than two years later, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Hall served on the Supreme Court until 1973. From 1980 to 1986 he served as Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan.

He was known for the large number of Royal Commissions and other public inquiries over which he presided. This included being the Chairman of the Royal Commission on Health Services, which recommended the creation of a universal health care system for Canada. As a result of his work on the Commission, he is widely regarded as a founding father of medicare.

The Honourable Emmet M. Hall passed away on November 12, 1995.

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