Gillis was representing former Liberal MLA Frank Branch in a civil lawsuit against the North Shore Forest Products Marketing Board, as well as on criminal charges of fraud and extortion.
The manager of the marketing board, Alain Landry, alleged Gillis approached him during a break in proceedings at the Bathurst courthouse and offered a deal. But the New Brunswick Court of Appeal quashed his conviction on Sept.
The village then experienced significant growth and was incorporated as a municipality in 1966.
A shopping centre frequented by people from the whole region was established there from 1974.
"It's very, very rare to find a campfire from 12,000 years ago, intact like this," said Brent Suttie, the provincial archaeologist, who is leading a team of 22 technicians on site.
Artifacts including stone tool fragments and arrowheads that would have been attached to rods to make spears have been found at the site. The campsite is located just metres from the shoulder of a stretch of Route 8.
The village has several community services and facilities, including Sugarloaf Provincial Park.
Apart from Campbellton the village is adjacent to Val-d'Amours to the south and Tide Head to the west.
The artifacts are now believed to be 12,700-years-old, 700 years older than previously thought, said Brent Suttie, the director of the archeological services branch in the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture. and a living floor that confirm that the area was occupied between 12,600 and 12,700 years ago," said Suttie.Prominent Saint John lawyer Rod Gillis is suing two police officers and two municipalities, alleging he was wrongfully convicted of obstruction of justice in 2013, because of their negligence.Gillis filed a notice of action and statement of claim against Bathurst Police Force officer Andre Comeau, Fredericton Police Force officer Mark Lord, and the City of Bathurst and the City of Fredericton as their employers.Crown prosecutor Peter Craig told the court new evidence had come forward and there was no reasonable prospect of a conviction."Had the defendant Comeau and the defendant Lord conducted a proper investigation, the charges against [Gillis] would either never have been brought or would have been dropped prior to trial," Gillis argues in his statement of claim.The first inhabitants of the area were the Mi'kmaq who settled there in the 6th century BC and were then called Tjikog.