Julie Lloyd has been appointed to Edmonton Provincial Court, Family and Youth. She received her bachelor of laws degree from the University of Alberta and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1992. Since then she has focused mainly on the areas of family law and human rights law, including advancing legal rights for members of Alberta’s LGBTQ community. Prior to her appointment, she was legal counsel at Legal Aid Alberta’s Legal Services Centre in Edmonton. Her contributions in addition to her legal practice include serving as a member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, an elected bencher of the Law Society of Alberta and a sessional instructor and guest speaker at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2016.
Michèle Collinson has been appointed to Provincial Court, Edmonton Region. She received her bachelor of laws degree from the University of Alberta and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1990. Much of her legal career was spent with the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service, most recently serving as the Co-ordinator of the High Risk Offenders Unit in Specialized Prosecutions. She has also served as an assistant chief Crown prosecutor in the Edmonton Office and lead counsel for the Criminal Justice Division of Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, providing legal advice and support for legislation, division policy and operational plans. She has spent most of her life in the Sherwood Park area and is actively involved in the community, including volunteering for animal rescues and collecting food for the Edmonton Food Bank.
“Julie Lloyd and Michèle Collinson exemplify dedication to public service and the very best of Alberta’s legal community. I am sure that as members of the judiciary, both will serve Albertans well, and I am pleased to appoint them to the Provincial Court.”
Candidates for Provincial Court appointments are first screened by the Alberta Judicial Council and then interviewed by the Provincial Court Nominating Committee (PCNC). The PCNC provides its recommendations to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.
The Alberta Judicial Council has representatives from the Alberta Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, Court of Appeal and the Law Society of Alberta. It also includes two individuals appointed by the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. The Provincial Court Nominating Committee has 11 members representing the Alberta Provincial Court, the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch, and representatives of the province’s legal community and the public appointed by the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.