Jacques Delisle

Jacques Delisle (born 1935, Montreal, Canada)[1] is a Canadian judge who sat on the Quebec Superior Court from 1985 to 1992, and on the Quebec Court of Appeal from 1992 until his retirement in 2009.[2] In June 2010, he was arrested and charged with murder, in connection with the November 2009 death of his wife Marie-Nicole Rainville.[3]

Delisle is the first judge in Canadian history to be charged with murder.[4]

His trial began in May 2012;[5] it had been scheduled to begin in 2011, but was delayed after one of the prosecutors withdrew.[6]

On June 14, 2012, Delisle was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing his wife.[7]

He subsequently appealed his conviction;[8] in May 2013, the Quebec Court of Appeals declined to hear his case,[9] and in December 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada likewise declined to hear his case.[10]

New Developments

In March, 2015 Delisle, who did not testify at his trial, stated that his wife had committed suicide with a gun which he had supplied,[11] a position reportedly supported by forensic experts.[12] On March 19, 2015 Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced that he would take under consideration Delisle's request for a new trial.[13]


  1. ‘Destroyed, but not guilty,’ says judge accused of murdering his wife at the National Post; by Tristan Hopper and Marianne White; published May 8, 2012; retrieved May 8, 2012
  2. Quebec judge facing first-degree murder charge in wife's slaying granted bail, by Alexandre Robillard, for the Canadian Press; archived at News1130.com; published June 23, 2010; retrieved May 8, 2012
  3. Murder case against retired judge has challenges; Case likely to be given to judge from outside province at CBC.ca; published June 16, 2010; retrieved May 8, 2012
  4. Retired judge faces trial for wife's murder, by Marianne White, for Postmedia News; published May 4, 2012; retrieved May 8, 2012
  5. Jury selected for retired judge's murder trial at CTV.ca; published May 7, 2012; retrieved May 8, 2012
  6. Murder trial for ex-judge to begin, by Kathryne Lamontagne, for QMI Agency; published May 7, 2012; retrieved May 8, 2012
  7. Former Quebec judge found guilty of 1st-degree murder. at CBC News Montréal, published June 14, 2012
  8. Jacques Delisle veut être entendu par la Cour suprême, by Olivier Parent, at Le Soleil/La Presse; published August 23, 2013; retrieved December 14, 2013
  9. Battle over ex-judge's murder conviction to be fought in Supreme Court, by Kathryne Lamontagne; at the Toronto Sun; published October 4, 2013; retrieved December 14, 2013
  10. La Cour suprême refuse d’entendre l’appel du juge à la retraite Jacques Delisle, by Stéphanie Marin; at L'actualité; published December 12, 2013; retrieved December 14, 2013
  11. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/jacques-delisle-appeals-wrongful-conviction-to-justice-minister-1.3002765
  12. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/jacques-delisle-didn-t-murder-his-wife-forensic-experts-tell-cbc-1.3002022
  13. http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/mackay-to-review-case-of-ex-judge-convicted-in-wife-s-death-1.2289392
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