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Neal Caldwell, seen here in a photo from his former law firm, joins the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan. ((McDougall Gauley))

Neal Caldwell, a Saskatoon-based lawyer, has joined the ranks of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan.

The formal announcement was made at the end of April and notes that Caldwell's appointment is effective April 23.

Prior to becoming a judge, Caldwell, 42, was a partner with the firm McDougall Gauley.

He is no stranger to the corridors of the Regina courthouse as he was the law clerk for the chief justice of the Court of Queen's Bench in 1995 and 1996.

Caldwell is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan.

According to his biography on the McDougall Gauley website, Caldwell has been a member of various agencies, including the Broadway Business Improvement District in Saskatoon, Habitat for Humanity and the Saskatchewan Police Commission.

The biography also notes that he has citizenship, since 2001, in the Republic of Ireland.