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Memorable Manitobans: John Ambrose Scollin (1927-2015)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at Edinburgh, Scotland on 6 October 1927, he was educated at the University of Edinburgh. After serving in the British Army, he was a magistrate in Tanzania for three years. He emigrated to Canada in 1953, settling at Winnipeg where he was a prosecutor for the City of Winnipeg and later a partner in the firm Pitblado Hoskin. In 1966, he moved to Ottawa where he spent 15 years as Assistant Deputy Attorney General and appeared frequently before the Supreme Court. He practiced law in six provinces. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1970. In 1981, he was appointed a Puisne Judge on the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, serving until retirement in 1999. He was a member of the Law Society of Manitoba, Manitoba Bar Association, and Canadian Bar Association, and President of the Federal Lawyers Club. He died at Winnipeg on 21 March 2015.

Sources:

“Former judge Scollin dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 2015, page A2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 2015.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 March 2015

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