Justice Jamal will be a significant contribution to Canada’s highest court, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau said, “I know that justice Jamal, with his exceptional legal and academic experience and dedication to serving others, will be a valuable asset to our country’s highest court.” Trudeau has already recommended Jamal, an Ontario judge, to the Supreme Court. When he takes up the job after a sitting judge retires, he will be the first Indian-origin person to serve on the Supreme Court of Canada.
Jamal is presently serving as a justice on the Ontario Court of Appeal, where he was appointed in 2019. He was born in Kenya in 1967 to Indian parents, and the family moved to England two years later. In 1981, they moved to Canada, settling in the city of Edmonton in Alberta. Justice Jamal was the first in his family to attend college, spending a year at the London School of Economics before graduating from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He then went to McGill University in Montreal to finish a national programme in common law and Quebec civil law before graduating from Yale Law School with a master’s degree in law.
“Like many others, I experienced discrimination as a fact of daily life. As a child and youth, I was taunted and harassed because of my name, religion, or the colour of my skin.” While he grew up in the Ismaili Muslim tradition, he is a practising member of the minuscule Baha’i faith.