April 16, 2021

Provincial Court Judge Appointed in Meadow Lake

The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Tomka as a judge to the Provincial Court in Meadow Lake.

"Michael Tomka will make an excellent addition to our Provincial Court and to the community of Meadow Lake," Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said.  "The breadth of his experience as a legal professional exemplifies the credentials we look for in a member of the judiciary, and I have no doubt he will serve our province well in his new capacity as judge."

Judge Tomka received his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1997 and articled with Pedersen, Norman, McLeod & Todd.  He was called to the bar in 1998 and took a position shortly after with Olive Waller Zinkhan & Waller, where he became a partner.

In 2007 he began a career in the public sector accepting a position with SGI's in-house legal department where he was eventually elevated to Associate General Counsel.  In that position, he was responsible for overseeing litigation and managing SGI's legal departments in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.  His experience in government also included a period as a Crown Prosecutor with Public Prosecutions from 2010 to 2012.  In 2018, Judge Tomka returned to private practice and joined the law firm McKercher LLP.

During his career, he has worked extensively in civil litigation, insurance litigation and practiced criminal law as both a prosecutor and defense lawyer.  He has presented papers on a variety of legal topics such as automobile insurance legislation, interjurisdictional practices in civil law, and civil procedure.

Over the years, Judge Tomka has volunteered his time as a member of the Bar Judicial Council for the Canadian Bar Association, as well as Saskatchewan Squash and the University of Regina Alumni Association.