A new provincial court judge has been appointed for La Ronge. Nathan Forester, a former Legal Aid lawyer, was called to the Bench Friday.

From 2014 to 2021, Judge Forester was a staff lawyer with the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission working in La Ronge, Regina and Saskatoon. In 2021, he moved to Whitehorse to take a position as a senior staff lawyer and later as acting assistant executive director with the Yukon Legal Services Society.

Judge Forester’s career has been dedicated to criminal law, with a specific focus on serving remote and marginalized communities and individuals. He has extensive courtroom experience and has represented thousands of people in court, which has given him a deep understanding of the circumstances that bring people into contact with the justice system and the supports they require to navigate their way through the courts to a just resolution.

“Judge Forester’s extensive experience, strong connection to La Ronge and the North, and background in legal aid work will serve him and the community well,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Bronwyn Eyre said. “I am delighted to welcome him to the Saskatchewan Provincial Court in La Ronge.”

Throughout his career, Judge Forester has had the opportunity to act as a mentor to many articling students and young lawyers. He actively participates in endurance sports such as trail running, hiking, cycling, and Nordic skiing, and has served as a volunteer board member with NorthSask Special Needs in La Ronge, Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op in Saskatoon, and Tennis Saskatchewan in Regina.