P.M. appoints first female chief justice of N.B. Court of Queen's Bench

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed the first female chief justice of the Court of Queen's Bench in New Brunswick.

Chief Justice Tracey DeWare replaces David Smith, who retired last March after serving more than 26 years as a judge.

Trudeau says in a statement that DeWare has more than 18 years of experience practising law in Moncton and most recently spent nearly seven years as a judge on the province's superior court.

She is fully bilingual and served from July 2014 to July 2016 providing bilingual judicial services to the Woodstock and Fredericton jurisdictions.