12/19/2014 04:24 EST | Updated 02/18/2015 05:59 EST

Newfoundland and Labrador chief justice appointed by prime minister

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A judge of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador has been appointed as chief justice of the trial division of the province's top court.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office announced Friday that Raymond Whalen will replace David Orsborn, who has retired but serves as a supernumerary or part-time judge.

Whalen was admitted to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar in 1979.

He has practised in the fields of corporate law, commercial law and civil litigation.

Whalen lectured at the bar admission course at the College of the North Atlantic and taught real estate and business law at Memorial University.