An Indian-origin Sikh woman, Ms. Palbinder Kaur Shergill, sole practitioner with Shergill & Company and human rights activist, has been recently appointed a judge of the Canadian Supreme Court of British Columbia in New Westminster. The appointment of the Indian-origin Sikh woman as Supreme Court Judge of Canada is considered as a milestone for the Sikh community in Canada. Importantly, this is a first such appointment of a turbaned Sikh woman anywhere in the world.
A sole practitioner with Shergill & Company, this Indian-origin Sikh woman practitioner has extensive trial and appellate experience and has appeared before courts and tribunals across Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Justice Palbinder Kaur Shergill was born in Rurka Kalan in Jalandhar district, Punjab. Shergill migrated from Punjab to Canada with her family when she was four years old. She grew up in Williams Lake, BC, and received her law degree from University of Saskatchewan. Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1991, she held leadership positions within and outside the legal community.
Known as a prominent human rights lawyer in Canada, Shergill was instrumental in helping shape human rights and religious accommodation law in Canada through her pro bono work as General Legal Counsel for the World Sikh Organisation (WSO) of Canada. She has extensive trial and appellate experience and has appeared before courts and tribunals across Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She has fought various cases and has actively represented the interests of Canadian Sikh community, noticeable among was the right of Sikh students to wear a ‘Kirpan’ in schools. She was also involved with the Cabinet of Canadians, the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, and the Canadian Bar Association.