The Honourable Natasha Crooks and the Honourable Mary McAuley have been appointed judges of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan. Judge Crooks was serving on the Parole Board of Canada at the time of her appointment, including chairing the Aboriginal Circle that advises on issues affecting aboriginal offenders, their families, and victims. She earned a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004, and articled with the federal Department of Justice before beginning her career in general litigation practice for various federal departments. Judge Crooks has been appointed to Saskatoon and replaces Judge Turpel-Lafond, who has resigned from the Court.
The Honourable Mary McAuley, who began McAuley Law Firm in Prince Albert in 2012, has been appointed to La Ronge. Judge McAuley received her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2006, and has spent time as a Crown prosecutor, a lawyer for Legal Aid, and in private practice. While appointed to La Ronge, Judge McAuley’s first language of Cree will be an asset to the Court elsewhere, as well. Judge McAuley will replace Judge Sid Robinson, who will retire in May.