Kings Court: Nigerian woman emerged first black judge in Canada

Chidinma Thompson, a lady of Nigerian descent, has been appointed as the first black Justice of the Kings Court of the Bench in Canada.

Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) acknowledged Chidinma’s appointment via a post on X (previously Twitter) on Saturday.

The tweet stated that Chidinma became the first black judge on Friday.

The post reads: “Yesterday, February 16, 2024, in Calgary, Canada, Nigeria made history again. Our own Dr. Mrs. Chidinma Thompson (@CbThompsonyyc ), a Nigerian-born Canadian, became the first black Honorable Justice of the Kings Court of the Bench Canada.”

Arif Virani, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, swore Chidinma in as a Judge last October.

Thompson, a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Calgary, was appointed a Justice of the Court of King’s Bench of Alberta in Calgary to replace Justice C.M. Jones (Calgary), who was elected to serve as a supernumerary judge on November 11, 2022.

Along with Justice Thompson, Honourable Alice Woolley, a Justice of the Court of King’s Bench of Alberta, appointed a Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of Alberta in Calgary; Honourable Kevin Feth, a Justice of the Court of King’s Bench of Alberta, appointed a Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of Alberta in Edmonton; Ayla Akgungor, Partner at Field LLP in Edmonton, appointed a Justice of the Court of King’s Bench of Alberta in Edmonton; Jon

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