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New NL Supreme Court justices in Grand Bank, Happy Valley-Goose Bay


Frances J. Knickle and Sandra R. Chaytor are the most recent justices appointed to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Frances Knickle

Knickle, the acting director of public prosecutions with the Department of Justice and Public Safety, and Chaytor, a partner with the law firm Cox and Palmer in St. John's, were appointed on Friday.
Knickle is replacing Justice C.R. Thompson at the trial division in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Thompson elected to become a supernumerary judge as of Dec. 4, 2016.
Chaytor moves to the trial division in Grand Bank, replacing Justice G.A. Handrigan, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective April 8, 2017.

Sandra Chaytor

Knickle studied music and theatre before pursuing law, earning a bachelor of arts in music from Acadia University and a law degree from Dalhousie University.
She articled with the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Justice and has worked with the Public Prosecution Division since being called to Bar in 1992.
Chaytor earned a bachelor of arts from Memorial University and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. She has been a member of the Bar since 1989.
She served as co-counsel for both the inquiries into hormone receptor testing and more recently the death of Donald Dunphy.

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