Windsor lawyer appointed to the provincial and family courts of N.S.

A lawyer from Windsor is one of two new judges appointed to the provincial and family courts of Nova Scotia.

Ronda van der Hoek has practised law for 19 years and worked with Nova Scotia Legal Aid before joining the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

Van der Hoek is also the federal co-chair of the Justice Committee of the Mi'kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum.

Nova Scotia Legal Aid lawyer Catherine Benton has also become the first Mi'kmaq woman to be appointed to the provincial judiciary.

Benton becomes only the second Mi'kmaq to become a judge in the province.

There are now 35 full-time and five part-time judges on the provincial and family courts, including 15 women.