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On January 31, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the appointments of Lua Gibb as a judge to the Provincial Court in Saskatoon and Kevin Dale Hill as a judge to the Provincial Court in North Battleford. On February 3, the Government of Canada announced Naheed Bardai, Partner at MLT Aikins LLP in Saskatoon, is appointed a Judge of Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan.
Judge Gibb received her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. After completing her articles with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, Judge Gibb spent time as a provincial prosecutor; crown counsel with the Department of Justice Canada; advocate for the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth; and as senior counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.
A member of the Onion Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan and an intergenerational residential school survivor, Judge Gibb has dedicated her legal career to creating transformative change in the way the justice system impacts Indigenous persons. She has been a champion for improving community outcomes through advocacy, reconciliation, and the promotion of access to justice in child welfare and criminal law.
Judge Hill received his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1998 and articled with McDougall Ready in 1999 and Merchant Law Group in 2000. After being called to the bar in 2000, Judge Hill joined Cuelenaere LLP in early 2001.
In 2011, Judge Hill opened his own practice, Hill Law Office, in Saskatoon. Over the course of his career as a legal professional, Judge Hill has worked in numerous areas of the law including family law, civil litigation, and wills and estates.
Justice Bardai is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he earned a degree in Social Sciences and Law. After completing his articles in Toronto, Justice Bardai joined the Ottawa law firm of Nelligan O’Brien Payne, where he practised in the areas of civil litigation, construction, and condominium law. In 2004, he moved to Saskatchewan to be closer to his spouse, Ayisha, who was studying to become a pediatrician. He spent the last 15 years with the firm of MLT Aikins, where he was a partner in the civil litigation group.
Justice Bardai has served in a number of leadership roles. He has served as President of the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, Chair of Habitat for Humanity (Saskatoon), Vice-Chair of Legal Affairs for the Ismaili Muslim Council for the Prairies, President of the Canadian Condominium Institute (Northern Saskatchewan), Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (Ottawa), and a member of the Board of Junior Achievement Saskatchewan. He also served on the Committee that reviewed and revised the Saskatchewan Tariff of Costs.