GEETA Narang, has been appointed a puisne Judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montréal by David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada under the judicial application process established in 2016.
Narang, partner at Narang & associés in Montréal, replaces Justice R. Castiglio (Montréal), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective July 18, 2020.
Narang holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill. She articled at the Office of the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. She then worked at a Montreal law firm specializing in environmental law and First Nations law before starting her own practice.
Narang practised law at her firm in the Mile End neighbourhood of Montreal, where she lives with her partner and two teenage children. She represented tenants, marginalized people, non-profits, and members of LGBTQ+ and First Nations communities. Her practice areas included tenancy law, estate law, police misconduct, disputes governed by the Indian Act, human rights, defamation, and civil claims stemming from abuses of power.
Prior to studying law, Narang studied Liberal Arts and English literature at King’s College in Halifax. She taught high school in the public system, spending two years in Val d’Or, Québec. She also lived and taught at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, and in New Delhi, India. Narang has taught “Judicial Institutions and Civil Procedure” at McGill’s Faculty of Law for many years and, more recently, an upper-year course entitled “Law and Poverty.” In the last decade, she has mentored many students and young lawyers interested in alternative ways of practising law.
Since being called to the bar in 2002, Narang has advocated for access to justice. She founded the Mile End Legal Clinic, a non-profit that provides free legal services to those in need, and was president of its board at the time of her appointment.