Province says six hearing officers hired to improve access to judicial system

Government says six hearing officers have been hired to improve New Brunswickers access to the judicial system. 

The officers will serve as Emergency Adjudicative Officers, Small Claims Adjudicators, and Family Case Management Masters. 

Two officers will be based in Moncton, two in Saint John, and one each in Bathurst and Miramichi. 

The province says the recruitment process for hearing officers in Edmundston and Fredericton will be completed in the coming months. 

Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry says the tasks the officers will be fulfilling are crucial for families, individuals, and particularly victims of violence that require assistance to enhance protection. 

Hearing officers will be assigned to a primary judicial district, but they will have the authority to sit in any location around the province in order to cover vacations, leaves, and conflict of interests. 

The new officers are as per the government news release are:
- Chief Hearing Officer Donald Boudreau, Bathurst 
- Hearing Officer Matthew Cripps, Miramichi 
- Hearing Officer Diane Deschênes, Moncton 
- Hearing Officer Brian Maude, Saint John 
- Hearing Officer Tammy Moore, Saint John 
- Hearing Officer Anne Richard, Moncton