This release was issued under a previous government.

“I look forward to working with Judge Matchett as the head of Alberta’s Provincial Court judiciary. His 35 years of legal experience and 20 years of management experience will serve our justice system well,” said Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General “My sincere thanks go out to current Chief Judge, the Honourable A. Gail Vickery, for her outstanding service to our province. Her support for initiatives such as the Court Case Management Program will stand as examples of her dedication to improving Alberta’s justice system.”

Judge Matchett graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in Law in 1977, and has been admitted to the Bar in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Alberta. He has practiced in the public and private sectors both prosecuting and defending criminal cases over his extensive legal career. Judge Matchett has also held senior management positions in Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice and Attorney General. Between 2001 and 2008 he served as Alberta’s Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General.

The Chief Judge’s role in Alberta’s Provincial Court is to effectively manage the Court in the interest of the public while ensuring the efficient administration of justice. The Chief Judge represents Provincial Court judges and acts as an advocate of the Court, along with several other administrative duties. He or she is selected by the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General from a list of qualified candidates provided by the Chief Judge Selection Committee.

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Ian Roddick
Public Affairs Officer
Justice and Solicitor General
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