James E. Merrigan, Q.C. | Partner

Telephone: 709-637-6427
Fax: 709-634-8247
Email: jmerrigan@poolealthouse.ca

Biography

Jamie maintains a broad practice, ranging from Corporate and Commercial, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Personal Injury. In over 18 years of practice he has conducted a broad range of trials in matters from homicide to breach of contract and has appeared before all levels of court, including the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. Most recently, Jamie gave a presentation to the Greenspan Cohn Lecture Series at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON titled “Unreliable Confessions: Going Beyond State Actors Revisiting the ‘Mr. Big’ Ruling”.

From 2008 to 2014, Jamie served as the Chief Adjudicator for the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission. He has also served as an advisor to the Institute and Journal of Parliament and Political Law. A long-time member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), he is past chair of the National Constitutional and Human Rights Section of the CBA. He is frequently asked to assist in drafting submissions to Parliament and has represented the Canadian Bar Association on questions of constitutional and human rights law before government departments. Jamie currently serves as a Bencher with the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and is a Master and Taxing Officer of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Relevant Experience

  • 1997, Called to the British Columbia Bar
  • Practiced in Administrative Law, Civil and Criminal Litigation with the law firm of Baker Newby
  • 2000, Admitted to Practice in Newfoundland Practicing in Administrative Law, Civil and Criminal Litigation with the law firm Poole Althouse
  • 2004 to 2007, Chair of the Constitutional and Human Rights Section, CBA - Newfoundland and Labrador Branch
  • 2007 to 2015, Various Executive positions with the Constitutional and Human Rights Section, CBA National
  • 2008 to 2014, Chief Adjudicator, Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission
  • 2008 to 2012, Advisor to the Institute and Journal of Parliamentary Law
  • 2008 to 2009, Secretary of the Newfoundland and Labrador Branch of the Canadian Bar Association
  • 2014, Elected Bencher with the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • 2015, Presenter at Greenspan Cohn Lecture Series at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON
  • Member of the Drafting Committee for the CBA's submissions to Parliament on Bill C-68 (Civil Marriage Act)
  • Member of the CBA Lawful Access working group
  • Member of the CBA Proceeds of Crime working group
  • Member of the Drafting Committee for the CBA's submissions to the Air India Inquiry

Education

Memorial University

St. John's, Newfoundland and LabradorB.A. 1993

University of Victoria

Victoria, British ColumbiaLI.B 199

Administrative Assistants

Andrea Bugden
Telephone: 709-634-3136 Ext. 238
Fax: 709-634-8247
Email: abugden@poolealthouse.ca

Denise Rowsell
Telephone: 709-634-3136 Ext. 249
Fax: 709-634-8247
Email: drowsell@poolealthouse.ca

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