Attorney General Announces Judicial Appointments

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Attorney General Announces Judicial Appointments

Ministry of the Attorney General

New Judges To Preside In Toronto TORONTO, Dec. 2 - Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today the appointment of three provincial judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective December 14, 2005. "I have every confidence that these experienced individuals will contribute greatly to the administration of justice," said Bryant. Madam Justice Miriam Bloomenfeld was called to the bar in 1990, and was a law clerk to the Supreme Court of Ontario for a year; and then an assistant Crown attorney in Etobicoke for four years. In 1994, she became counsel in the Crown Law Office - Criminal of the Ministry of the Attorney General, handling appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. In 1998, she was the policy lead for the Kaufman Report response team that developed Crown policies and education programs to address the causes of wrongful convictions that were identified by the Commission on Proceedings Involving Guy Paul Morin report. Most recently, she developed Crown policies and education programs to implement the Youth Criminal Justice Act in Ontario. Called to the bar in 1981, Mr. Justice Melvyn Green has been in private practice for nearly 25 years, primarily in the area of criminal law. During that time, he was senior co-counsel on the Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada ("Krever Inquiry"). He has been a board member, and most recently co-president, of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted, a member of the Toronto area committee for Legal Aid Ontario, and occasional counsel and pro bono advisor to the Canadian Arab Foundation in Toronto. He has also been a board member of the Abelard Learning Centre. Mr. Justice Gary Trotter was called to the bar in 1987, and was in private practice briefly before joining the Crown Law Office - Criminal of the Ministry of the Attorney General in 1988. For 12 years, he was a Crown counsel, chiefly responsible for appeals in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Since 2000, he has been a criminal law professor at the Faculty of Law, Queen's University, and since 2004, the acting Dean of Law. Justice Trotter has published various works on aspects of the criminal law and has worked with the Kingston Youth Shelter. Chief Justice Brian W. Lennox has assigned Justices Bloomenfeld, Green and Trotter to preside in Toronto. Bryant has appointed 42 judges since the McGuinty government was sworn in on October 23, 2003. Disponible en fran├žais www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Greg Crone, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210