Justin Bourque

Justin Bourque's appeal lawyer, Joelle Roy was appointed as a judge in Quebec, and therefore will no longer be able to represent any of her clients, including Bourque and his appeal.

Justin Bourque's appeal lawyer, Joëlle Roy, a criminal lawyer with Gagné & Roy in Saint-Jérôme, was preparing to appeal Bourque's 75-year sentence but since her February 11 appointment as a judge to the Quebec provincial courts, will stop practicing law.

Bourque was 24 when he shot and killed three RCMP officers and wounded two others in June of 2014.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder at his trial. He was sentenced under a 2011 law that allows judges to impose consecutive 25-year parole ineligibility terms for those convicted of multiple murders.

Radio-Canada learned that Roy was representing Bourque and preparing an appeal in October of 2015. At that time, she said Bourque approved of the appeal and that she could not give an estimate on when the appeal would be filed, but suggested it would take a while.

According to a press release from Quebec's justice minister's office, Roy holds a law degree from the University of Montreal and her new appointment will have her mainly based at the provincial court's criminal and penal division in Montreal.

As Bourque's sentence stands, he will not be eligible for parole for 75 years. His sentence is the harshest ever handed down in Canada.