Sandra R. Chaytor, QC, Appointed to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador

May 15, 2017

Sandra R. Chaytor, QC, former partner with the St. John’s office of Cox & Palmer, has been appointed a judge of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in Grand Bank.

In addition to being a talented and dedicated litigator, Sandra has been a fearless leader, mentor, community member, and friend.

Cox & Palmer is proud to recognize and congratulate Madam Justice Chaytor on this well-deserved honour.

Read the Media Release from the Government of Canada.


Sandra R. Chaytor was educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland (B.A., 1985) and Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., 1988). Called to the Bar in 1989, she has over 25 years’ experience practising litigation at Cox & Palmer, and has served as Deputy Managing Partner of the firm’s St. John’s office. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2007 and was named a Master and Taxing Officer of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2010. Sandra was twice selected to serve as co-counsel to public inquiries in the province: the Commission of Inquiry on Hormone Receptor Testing, which investigated errors in breast cancer testing; and more recently the Inquiry Respecting the Death of Donald Dunphy.

In addition to balancing a demanding career and being the mother of two very active sons, Sandra has committed herself to giving back to the community. Most notably, as a lifelong asthmatic, she has taken on leadership roles with the Lung Association at both the provincial and national levels. In 2007, the Lung Association presented Madam Justice Chaytor a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her years of dedication. In addition to receiving accolades within the legal community, she was also named among the Top 50 graduates of her high school in 50 years, as a result of her professional accomplishments and her volunteer work.