As the assistant chief justice, Lester will be responsible for assisting the chief justice and overseeing a wide range of legal matters in the Alberta Court of Justice.

“With a distinguished career spanning almost 40 years, Justice Lester has proven herself to be a true advocate for justice. I am confident she will excel in this new role.”

Mickey Amery, Minister of Justice and Attorney General

“Justice Lester is a skilled and compassionate justice with excellent leadership skills. Her hard work and dedication will be an asset to the court as a whole and I look forward to working with her as she takes on the role of assistant chief justice for the Edmonton Criminal Division.”

James Hunter, chief justice, Alberta Court of Justice

Lester graduated from the University of Alberta law school in 1984 and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1985. She has since built a law career in Edmonton.

In 2008, Lester was appointed a justice of the peace for the Provincial Court of Alberta. From 2009 to 2014, she was the administrative justice of the peace for Edmonton and northern region hearing offices, which included supervising 16 other justices of the peace. Until her appointment as assistant chief justice of the Alberta Court of Justice, Edmonton Criminal Division, she served as a justice for the Edmonton Criminal Division of the Alberta Court of Justice, a position she has held since 2014.

Quick facts

  • Assistant chief justices are appointed on the recommendation of the chief justice of the Alberta Court of Justice to the minister of Justice.
  • Lester’s five-year term takes effect immediately.

Related information