Justice Minister Felix Collins today announced the appointment of Ernest Boone to the position of High Sheriff in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"The services provided by the Office of the High Sheriff are an essential component for the effective administration of justice in both the Supreme and provincial courts in Newfoundland and Labrador," Collins said. "I am confident that Mr. Boone will continue to bring his wealth of experience and background in the legal field to the office. I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Boone as High Sheriff, a position he has held in an acting capacity for the past several months."
The Office of the High Sheriff is primarily responsible for providing court security but also provides other essential administrative services to the Supreme and provincial courts. In addition to court security, the Office of the High Sheriff administers the judgment enforcement process and the jury system, as well as executes orders and decisions of the courts.
Boone was born in Clarke's Beach but raised and educated in St. John's. He served 27 years in the Canadian Forces and four years with the federal Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. He graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Education degree in 1975 and received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor in 1981. In 1995 he returned to Newfoundland and Labrador where he has been engaged in the full-time practice of law in St. John's for the past 15 years.