The first woman to hold the post of chief justice of a court in Quebec, Raymonde Verreault, died on January 9 of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 82.
Born in Mont-Joli in 1938, Raymonde Verreault studied law at the University of Montreal, but the lawyer was also an accomplished musician since she had studied music at the Vincent d’Indy school.
After a career as a lawyer, Raymonde Verreault came to the bench, first as a judge at the Municipal Court of Montreal, from 1986 to 1992, then as a judge at the Court of Quebec, in 1992 and 1993. Court of Quebec was marked by a controversy caused by a decision in the matter of sexual assault.
She became Chief Justice of the Municipal Court of Montreal in 1994, a position she held until 2001.