Justice Palbinder Kaur Shergill

Justice Shergill headshotProfile prepared by Kamaljit Kaur Lehal

What was your path into law and on to the bench?

The words impossible and natural both come to mind. Though this may seem a contradiction, I think this describes the journey of many. From an economic, societal, and cultural perspective, an immigrant child of humble financial means, growing up in a small town in Canada in the 1970’s, should not have aspired to more than a high school diploma and a job above minimum wage. If that child was female, the job would likely be replaced with a husband to provide for her and a house full of kids. But with parents who valued education, gender equality, and community service, my path was a natural extension of the Canadian dream. I was drawn to the law because I believed it was the most effective tool for change. After 26 years of a highly rewarding career as a litigator, I felt that it was time for a new challenge. I was drawn to the bench because I believed it would afford me an opportunity to grow and allow me to contribute to the law in a different manner.

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