Attorney General Announces Ten Judicial Appointments

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Attorney General Announces Ten Judicial Appointments

Ministry of the Attorney General

TORONTO, Aug. 23 - Attorney General Michael Bryant today announced the appointment of four provincial judges and five regional senior judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, and one appointment to the Ontario Judicial Council. "These individuals have a wide range of legal experience that will serve them well in their new roles on the bench," said Bryant. "They represent the high quality of judges on the Ontario Court of Justice." Ontario Court of Justice Judges: Madam Justice Louise Botham has practised criminal law since 1987. She has been a member of the Provincial Court Rules Committee, Chair of the Alliance for Sustainable Legal Aid and a longstanding member of the area committee of Legal Aid Ontario in Toronto. Madam Justice Botham was president of the Criminal Lawyers' Association since 2005. She has appeared on panels and made presentations on a variety of topics at conferences of the Criminal Lawyers' Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Advocates' Society. Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo has assigned Madam Justice Botham to preside in Brampton, effective September 6, 2007. Madam Justice Catherine Ann Kehoe was called to the Bar in 1996 and has been an Assistant Crown Attorney in Ottawa. She is bilingual and has conducted criminal prosecutions, appeals and other matters in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice and before the Ontario Review Board. In 1997, as Chair of the Partner Assault Support Team, she worked with the police, judiciary and others in the justice system to create the Ottawa Domestic Violence Court. Madam Justice Kehoe has mentored mature students at the University of Ottawa Law School and has guest lectured at various schools in Ottawa. She has participated in Habitat for Humanity in both Ottawa and El Salvador. Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo has assigned Madam Justice Kehoe to preside in Ottawa, effective September 6, 2007. Mr. Justice Robert Kelly was called to the Bar in 1994 and has served most of his career as counsel at the Crown Law Office - Criminal with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto, prosecuting criminal trials and appeals at every level of court. In 2001, he spent a year as defence counsel with a major Toronto law firm. He has conducted several seminars and given presentations on various criminal law topics before organizations such as the Ontario Crown Attorneys' Association, the Ontario Police College and the Toronto Police Service. Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo has assigned Mr. Justice Kelly to preside in Brampton, effective September 6, 2007. Madam Justice Sharon Margaret Nicklas was called to the Bar in 1994 and has been an Assistant Crown Attorney in Hamilton, Brantford and Waterloo Region. In 2003, she was appointed Deputy Crown Attorney in Waterloo Region and in March 2007, she became the acting Crown Attorney for the region. She was involved in establishing a mental health court in Waterloo Region that has served as a model for other locations. Madam Justice Nicklas has been a member of Community Partners in Kitchener-Waterloo, an organization that serves as a liaison between the psychiatric ward of Grand River Hospital and the community. She has given a number of presentations about the development of a mental health court in Waterloo Region. Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo has assigned Madam Justice Nicklas to preside in Kitchener/Guelph, effective September 6, 2007. Regional Senior Judges: Madam Justice Judith Beaman has been appointed as a Regional Senior Judge for the East Region effective August 22, 2007. Madam Justice Beaman, who currently presides in Ottawa, was first appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice bench January 12, 1998. Madam Justice Kathryn Hawke has been appointed as a Regional Senior Judge for the Central West Region effective August 31, 2007. Madam Justice Hawke, who currently presides in Brampton, was first appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice bench February 6, 1995. Mr. Justice Gregory Regis has been appointed as a Regional Senior Judge for the Central East Region effective September 2, 2007. Mr. Justice Regis who currently presides in Oshawa, was first appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice bench January 4, 1999. Mr. Justice Bruce Thomas has been appointed as a Regional Senior Judge for the West Region effective September 1, 2007. Mr. Justice Thomas, who currently presides in Chatham, was first appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice bench May 4, 1999. Mr. Justice Donald Fraser, who presides in Kenora, has been reappointed as a Regional Senior Judge for the Northwest Region effective October 1, 2007. Regional Senior Judges of the Ontario Court of Justice exercise the powers and perform the duties of the Chief Justice in their regions. Their duties include supervising and directing the sittings of the court and the assignment of judicial duties in their regions. Ontario Judicial Council: Mr. Justice Robert Bigelow, the Regional Senior Judge for the Toronto Region, has been appointed as the Regional Senior Judge member on the Ontario Judicial Council, effective September 1, 2007. The Ontario Judicial Council, which is composed of judges, lawyers and representatives of the public, investigates complaints made against provincially appointed judges. Attorney General Bryant has appointed 69 judges since the McGuinty government was sworn in on October 23, 2003. 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