New judge to take seat in territorial court next week


A newly-appointed judge with experience in Indigenous communities will take his seat in NWT territorial court next week, filling a position that’s been vacant since May.

Donovan Frederick Molloy will replace Judge Bernadette Schmaltz, who retired in the Spring, the GNWT announced in a news release late last week.

Molloy was called to the Bar in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1993 after graduating with distinction from the University of New Brunswick the year before, states the news release.

From there, Molloy worked as a prosecutor at provincial and federal levels in Newfoundland and Labrador, becoming the senior Crown attorney in St. John’s in 2008.

He was named director of Public Prosecutions and assistant Deputy Minister in 2012. In 2016, Molloy was appointed as Newfoundland’s Information and Privacy Commissioner.

Molloy, who was appointed by GNWT Minister of Justice Louis Sebert, will begin his new job in the NWT on Feb. 20.

“Mr. Molloy will be an excellent addition to the Territorial Court,” stated Sebert in the news release.

“He has demonstrated a commitment to public service throughout his career and has had extensive northern experience in Newfoundland and Labrador,” added Sebert.

The release cites Molloy’s “exceptional legal skills,” and “high ethical standards,” as recognized by his peers.

“His experience in small, remote and Indigenous communities in Newfoundland and Labrador has prepared him well for his new functions as the judge of the Territorial Court,” states the news release.

Molloy joins Chief Judge Christine Gagnon, Judge Robert Gorin and Judge Garth Malakoe.

Both criminal and civil matters are brought before NWT territorial court.

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