Mr. Kaufman was appointed a Judge of the Québec Court of Appeal
in 1973. He was Acting Chief Justice of Québec from 1990 until
1991, and retired from the Bench later that year. He is an Honorary Life
Member of the Canadian Judges Conference.
Mr. Kaufman became a Certified Commercial Arbitrator in 1993 through
the Québec National and International Commercial Arbitration
Centre. From 1992 to 1994, he was a part-time member of the Québec
Securities Commission and Chairman of the Committee on Alternative
Mr. Kaufman received a B.Sc. from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Québec, in 1946; a B.A. from l’Université de Montréal (Thomas
Moore Institute) in 1953; a B.C.L. from McGill University (where he was
Editor-in- Chief of the Law Journal) in 1954; and an Executive M.B.A.
from Concordia University in Montréal, in 1991. He was called to
the Bar of Québec in 1955, the Bar of the Northwest Territories in
1961, and the Bar of Alberta in 1968. He was appointed a Queen’s
Counsel in 1971.
Prior to his career in law, Mr. Kaufman worked as a reporter for the
Montréal Star and as a part-time correspondent for Saturday Night
(Toronto) and Time and Life.
He began his practice as a junior to the late Joseph Cohen, Q.C., one
of Québec’s leading criminal lawyers. Eventually, he became
the senior partner of the firm Kaufman Yarosky
& Fish. On his retirement from the Bench, he rejoined the firm Yarosky Daviault LaHaye Stober & Isaacs,
as counsel, devoting most of his time to mediation, arbitration and
Mr. Kaufman was a Member of Council and Québec Chairman of the
Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Bar Association from 1962 to
1965. He also served extensively on committees of the Bar of
Québec, including the Board of Bar Examiners, the Discipline
Committee, the Professional Ethics Committee, and the Committee on
Judicial Appointments. From 1996 to 1997, he was Chair of the Committee
on the Administration of Criminal Justice.
In 1971, Mr. Kaufman was appointed by the Attorney General of
Québec as a representative on the Conference of Commissioners on
Uniformity of Legislation in Canada, a post he held until his appointment
to the Bench. From 1980 to 1990, he served on the Judicial Advisory Panel
of the Law Reform Commission of Canada, and from 1985 to 1990 he was a
member of the Advisory Task Force on the new Criminal Code.
In 1994, at the request of the Canadian International Development
Agency, Mr. Kaufman became a consultant to the Financial and Legal
Management Upgrading Project of the United Republic of Tanzania. A year
later, he delivered a report on the state of the legal profession, with
recommendations for the future.
In 1996, Mr. Kaufman was appointed by the Government of Ontario as
sole Commissioner of the Commission on Proceedings involving Guy Paul Morin,
with a mandate to inquire into the causes of Mr. Morin’s wrongful
conviction on a charge of first-degree murder and to make recommendations
on how this and similar cases might be avoided in the future.
Throughout his career, Mr. Kaufman has taken an active interest in the
field of education. From 1962 to 1968, he was lecturer in Criminal Law,
Procedure and Evidence in the Faculty of Law at McGill University. From
1968 to 1973, he was a lecturer (and, later, Assistant Professor) in the
Faculty of Medicine at McGill, where he developed a course of Medical
Jurisprudence. From 1973 to 1995, he was a guest lecturer in the Advanced
Evidence Class in the Faculty of Law at McGill, and he participated
frequently in moot Courts at both McGill University and l’Université de Montréal.
Mr. Kaufman also served as a thesis examiner at McGill,
Montréal and Laval in Québec. From 1991 to 1993, he was
Visiting Lecturer in the Executive M.B.A. Program at Concordia
University, and from 1991 to 1994 he was an Adjunct Professor in the
Faculty of Management at McGill, where he taught a course on Ethics in
Mr. Kaufman is the author of a well-known text, “The
Admissibility of Confessions”, with three editions and three
supplements. He also has numerous articles on law and law-related topics
to his credit. He is fluent in English, French and German.
In 1976, Mr. Kaufman was made a Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa,
by Bishop’s University, where he was a member of Corporation and,
from 1973 to 1976, Chair of the Executive Committee. In 1992, he received
the Order of Canada for services to law and the community.
Mr. Kaufman now lives in Toronto.