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JUSTICE--Provincial Court Judge Appointed
David J. Ryan, Q.C., of North Sydney, was appointed a Provincial
Court judge today by Justice Minister Alan Mitchell. Mr. Ryan
will sit in the Sydney area. His swearing-in will take place in
the near future.  

Mr. Ryan attended St. F.X. University, Ottawa University and
Villanova University where he obtained his bachelor of arts
degree. He also attended the Catholic University of America in
Washington, D.C. before graduating from Dalhousie Law School in
1970. He was called to the bar in 1971, and began his private
practice in North Sydney. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Ryan has acted as an assistant Crown
attorney for Cape Breton and Victoria Counties, was appointed as
the Crown agent to carry out all prosecutions under several
federal statutes including the Narcotic Control Act, and has
acted on behalf of injured workers before the Workers'
Compensation Board of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Ryan's involvement in the community is extensive. He served
with the Kinsman Club of North Sydney for several years, and was
a member of the Committee that spearheaded the drive to construct
the Northside Community Swimming Pool. He has been actively
involved in minor hockey leagues in his community, as well as the
Air Cadet League of Canada, the North Sydney K-40 Club, and is an
active member of St. Joseph's Parish in North Sydney. Mr. Ryan
has served as president and vice-president of the Cape Breton
Barristers' Society, a member of the N.S. Barristers' Society and 
a member of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission.    

"Mr. Ryan has been an active and valued member of the community
for many years," said Mr. Mitchell. "He is respected both as a
legal practitioner and as a community activist, and I am
delighted that he has agreed to continue to serve his community
in this new role."

"We welcome Mr. Ryan to the Provincial Court bench," said acting
Chief Judge Jean-Louis Batiot. "I am sure he will serve with
integrity, compassion and objectivity."

The candidates for provincial judicial appointments are
recommended by an advisory committee. This committee consists of
two members appointed by the N.S. Barristers' Society, the Chief
Judges of the Provincial and Family Court and four lay persons
from the community at large. The committee reviews the applicants
on a broad range of criteria, which includes an evaluation of the
candidates' qualifications, intellectual and judgemental ability,
professional excellence and community awareness.


Contact: Michele McKinnon
         Department of Justice

ngr                  October 1, 1997                  9:35 am