Nunavut Chief Justice Neil Sharkey paid tribute Friday to his former colleague, Beverley Browne, who was Nunavut’s first senior judge and led the Nunavut Court of Justice through its first 10 years.
Sharkey, who learned Thursday of Browne’s death, reflected on her professionalism and contributions to the community.
“Whether it was through developing a music society, raising accomplished children, spearheading a Nunavut law school, developing the law, or building a Superior Court, Justice Browne’s contributions cannot be overstated,” Sharkey stated.
“Justice Browne’s commitment to advancing the law for the benefit of Nunavummiut was on display every time she presided … It was only a few months ago that Justice Browne was chairing meetings in chambers working towards revitalizing the Elders’ program in the NCJ (Nunavut Court of Justice), a program Justice Browne initiated and was committed to seeing flourish,” said Sharkey.
“The NCJ will forever be indebted to Justice Browne for her contributions to its development. Justice Browne’s spirit will live on through her amazing children, grandchildren, and the law students she enthusiastically mentored to ensure access to justice for Nunavummiut. Justice Browne represents the gold standard of judicial community commitment,” he stated. “On behalf of the judges of the Nunavut Court of Justice, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and love to the family, friends, and countless Nunavummiut who were touched by Justice Browne’s contributions to the territory.”