Attorney General announces justice of the peace appointments

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Attorney General announces justice of the peace appointments

Ministry of the Attorney General

TORONTO, Dec. 21 - Attorney General Michael Bryant is announcing seven justice of the peace appointments for Kitchener, Newmarket, Toronto, Sault Ste. Marie, London, Dryden and Cornwall. "We are addressing the province's immediate need for more justices of the peace," said Bryant. "This government is committed to timely and efficient access to justice for all Ontarians." The government is announcing the appointment of three new, full-time, presiding justices of the peace. As well, four part-time, non-presiding justices of the peace have been reappointed as full-time, presiding justices of the peace. The appointments were made through a new, interim process to ensure that qualified candidates are selected. "This new appointment process is a first and interim step in our plan to transform the justice of the peace system, which will help build strong communities and ensure that Ontario continues to have a justice system that is second to none," said Bryant. The government plans to further transform the justice of the peace appointment process in order to make the system more open and transparent, and to permanently establish appointment standards to ensure that only qualified candidates would be appointed. "Justices of the peace are playing an increasingly important role in our justice system," said Bryant. "It is important to ensure that only the best candidates are appointed and that they are appointed in a fair and transparent way." ------------------------------------------------------------------------- BACKGROUNDER ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES JUSTICE OF THE PEACE APPOINTMENTS Attorney General Michael Bryant today announced the appointments of three full-time, presiding justices of the peace. As well, four part-time, non- presiding justices of the peace have been made full-time, presiding justices of the peace. Justice of the Peace Kathy-Lou Johnson has been a property and business manager for the past 11 years. She has also served as a municipal and provincial prosecutor and as a trainer for the Ministry of the Attorney General's Provincial Offences Act transfer project. A provincial prosecutor for over 15 years, Justice of the Peace Felicitas M. Camposano also has experience working as a courtroom clerk and as domestic violence court coordinator. Justice of the Peace Milan Then has been a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board for the past 10 years. He has also served as a senior investigator with the province's Special Investigations Unit and worked in the office of the Ombudsman of Ontario. Justices of the Peace Kathleen Bryant, Isaac Condo, Daisy Hoppe and Basil Marchand have been promoted from a part-time, non-presiding justice of the peace to full-time, presiding justice of the peace. Associate Chief Justice, Coordinator of Justices of the Peace, Donald A. Ebbs has assigned Justices of the Peace Johnson, Camposano, and Then, to Kitchener, Newmarket and Toronto respectively. Justices of the Peace Bryant, Condo, Hoppe and Marchand continue to be assigned in Sault Ste. Marie, London, Dryden and Cornwall respectively. A non-presiding justice of the peace issues search warrants, presides over bail hearings and issues subpoenas. A presiding justice of the peace, in addition to these duties, presides over matters under the Provincial Offences Act, including Highway Traffic Act offences. Disponible en fran├žais www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.caFor further information: Greg Crone, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the Attorney General, (416) 326-2210