May 23, 2014 2:32 pm

Justice Louis LeBel to retire from Supreme Court in November

Supreme Court Justice Louis LeBel laughs during his swearing-in ceremony in Ottawa Monday Feb 14, 2000.

Tom Hanson/The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Justice Louis LeBel of the Supreme Court of Canada has given formal notice that he will retire when he hits age 75 on Nov. 30.

LeBel was appointed to the court in January 2000, after 15 years as a judge of the Quebec Court of Appeal.

His retirement means Prime Minister Stephen Harper will have to name two new justices in the next six months.

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Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin says LeBel served the court with great distinction.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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