Justice Beverley Browne
It is with great sadness that I learned yesterday of the passing of Justice Beverley Browne, Nunavut’s first Senior Judge. 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.
Whether it was through developing a music society, raising accomplished children, spear heading a Nunavut law school, developing the law, or building a Superior Court, Justice Browne’s contributions cannot be overstated. Justice Browne’s commitment to advancing the law for the benefit of Nunavummiut was on display every time she presided. The Nunavut Court of Justice was privileged to have Justice Browne lead this Court through its first ten years and was further privileged to have Justice Browne continue to hold office as a Deputy Judge up until her retirement earlier this year. It was only a few months ago that Justice Browne was chairing meetings in Chambers working towards revitalizing the Elders’ program in the NCJ, a program Justice Browne initiated and was committed to seeing flourish.
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.
Chief Justice Neil Sharkey