Sikh Woman Becomes Supreme Court Judge in Canada

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Palbinder Kaur Shergill has been appointed as a Judge at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in New Westminster.

Ms. Shergill is the first turbaned Sikh to be appointed to the judiciary in Canada. Justice Shergill replaces Justice E A Arnold-Bailey, who retired on May 31.

Born in Rurka Kalan in Jalandhar District, Ms. Shergill migrated to Canada with her family at the age of four. She grew up in Williams Lake, British Columbia, and received her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Ms. Shergill practiced as a lawyer and mediator with her law firm, Shergill & Company, Trial Lawyers.

Being a renowned human rights lawyer in Canada, Ms. Shergill has represented the interests of the Canadian Sikh community before the Canada Apex Court in several cases, including the one dealing with the right of Sikh students to wear the Kirpan (ceremonial dagger) in schools.

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