Judge Pierre Simard is retiring.  Photo: Shutterstock

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Judge Pierre Simard is retiring. Photo: Shutterstock

It has been 12 years since the judge Pierre Simard sat in the criminal chamber of the Court of Quebec, reports Le Quotidien.

Last Thursday, he presided over a final appearance when his retirement was officially announced by his colleague, Michel Boudreault. However, he agreed to be a deputy judge to help out.

Due to the pandemic, few people were in the room. Several judges and lawyers were therefore able to follow this announcement by videoconference.

The President of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Marcel-Olivier Nadeau, and the coordinating judge, Richard P. Daoust, paid tribute to Judge Simard by emphasizing his rigor, his integrity, his listening skills and his kindness. The judge was also known for his sense of humor.

“I don’t know any colleague who doesn’t like to plead in front of you. In a region like ours, accessible and courteous judges must be available. You are a model in this regard, ”said Bâtonnier Nadeau, also according to Le Quotidien.

Before being appointed judge of the Court of Quebec, Me Pierre Simard had a 35-year career as a civil law lawyer.

He holds a law degree from Laval University and was admitted to the Bar in 1975. He practiced law in various private firms, mainly oriented in litigation and advice in civil law, liability, commercial law, law of construction and family law. Before becoming a judge, he was a founding partner of the Simard Boivin Lemieux firm and a member of the executive committee.