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About Irwin

I was born in Montreal, moved to Moncton at a very young age and have lived and worked here ever since, except during my years away at university.

I am a graduate of Moncton High School, Dalhousie University (Science degree) and the University of New Brunswick Law School. I practised law in Moncton for many years with a large practice in Family Law, before being appointed a provincial court judge. I presided in courts across New Brunswick hearing mainly criminal matters, including Youth Court.

For many years I was involved with various judges’ associations. I served terms as President of the New Brunswick Provincial Court Judges’ Association and the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges and was a Governor of the American Judges’ Association. For a number of years I was a member of the New Brunswick Judicial Council, a body which dealt with complaints filed against judges.

Annually since 2005, I have lectured in China. As well, I have given presentations to judges, high school students, parole officers, service clubs and community college students.

I have been active in many different organizations including Moncton Headstart, the Canadian Cancer Society, volunteering at the Moncton City Hospital and as General Counsel for the Canadian Jewish Congress. In addition, I am the proud recipient of the City of Moncton Commemorative Medal.

In 2019, I retired from the court and began a schedule of volunteering which now occupies much of my time. Furthermore, I preside over hearings for inmates charged with offences committed within the institution at the federal women’s prison in Truro, N.S.  Also, I am a member of the Codiac Regional Policing Authority, the body which oversees the work of the RCMP in our area.

I first officiated at a wedding in 2000. As well, I have acted as Master of Ceremonies at many wedding receptions and other public events.

My wife, Audrey, was a school teacher and administrator for many years. We are proud parents of 3 adult children and have 6 grandchildren.

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