Thomas Cromwell (Canadian jurist)

Thomas Cromwell (Canadian jurist)

Thomas Cromwell (born 1952) is a Canadian jurist and current Justice of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. On 5 September, 2008, Cromwell was nominated to succeed Michel Bastarache on the Supreme Court of Canada by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Cromwell was born in Kingston, Ontario, remaining there to attend Queen's University where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1973 and a law degree in 1976. He then earned a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from the University of Oxford in 1977. He also earned an ARCT Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1973.

He was a professor of law at Dalhousie University from 1982 to 1992 and again from 1995 to 1997; between these two periods he was Executive Legal Officer in the chambers of then-Chief Justice of Canada Antonio Lamer. In 1997, Jean Chrétien appointed him to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal as a direct appointment (meaning he did not serve on a lower court). []

When announcing the nomination, Harper stated that Cromwell would not be appointed to the bench until he had answered questions from an "ad hoc" all-party committee of the House of Commons. []


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