New Law Commission Of Ontario Is Launched

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New Law Commission Of Ontario Is Launched

Ministry of the Attorney General

Attorney General Introduces First Executive Director TORONTO, Sept. 7 - The new Law Commission of Ontario, first announced by the McGuinty government in November 2006, is open for business, Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today. "The new Law Commission is a victory for all Ontarians," said Bryant. "As an independent think-tank comprised of some of the brightest legal minds in the province, its work will serve as a catalyst for change and advancement in our evolving justice landscape." Attorney General Bryant made today's announcement at a plaque presentation ceremony at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, where the Law Commission's office is located. Construction on the office is almost complete and the Commission is expected to start work on September 15. Bryant also introduced Patricia Hughes as the Commission's first Executive Director. Hughes, a former dean of the University of Calgary's law school, will serve a four-year term. "I am honoured and extremely pleased to be playing a role in advancing law reform through the Law Commission of Ontario," said Hughes. "I look forward to consulting with interested groups to develop the Commission's agenda and working with the Board of Governors as we ask tough questions, engage in critical analysis and make strong recommendations to improve our legal system." The Law Commission of Ontario will work with academic institutions, the legal community, the judiciary and the public to generate practical and creative solutions to existing challenges. It will also explore ways to make Ontario's justice system more accessible, for example, by using the Internet to collect and disseminate legal knowledge and research. The Law Commission of Ontario is a partnership among Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, the Deans of Ontario's six law schools, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Law Foundation of Ontario. "I would like to thank all our partners for helping to create a modern, relevant and responsive Law Commission for Ontario," said Bryant. "I would also like to congratulate Patricia Hughes on her appointment. She is an excellent choice to lead the organization through its first years." Disponible en français www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- LAW COMMISSION OF ONTARIO About the Law Commission The Law Commission of Ontario is a partnership among Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Deans of Ontario's six law schools, which include the University of Windsor Faculty of Law; the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law; the University of Toronto Faculty of Law; Queen's University Faculty of Law; and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law and Civil Law sections). The Commission's purpose is to recommend law reform measures to: - Enhance the legal system's relevance, effectiveness and accessibility - Improve the administration of justice through the clarification and simplification of the law - Consider the effectiveness and use of technology as a means to enhance access to justice - Stimulate critical debate about law - Promote scholarly legal research - Develop priority areas for study that are underserved by other research, determine ways to disseminate the information to those who need it and foster links with communities, groups and agencies. Administration The Law Commission is headed by a Board of Governors who will set the research agenda and oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. The Board includes: - Patricia Hughes, Executive Director, Law Commission of Ontario (non-voting) - Dean Patrick Monahan, Chair, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University - Neil Finkelstein, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP - Neena Gupta, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP - Marie Henein, Henein & Associates - The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, Counsel, Torys LLP - Professor Yves Le Bouthillier, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law - The Honourable James MacPherson, Court of Appeal for Ontario - Murray Segal, Deputy Attorney General of Ontario. A Research Advisory Board will provide advice to the Board of Governors regarding research projects and multi-disciplinary project teams, among other things. The Research Advisory Board includes: - Professor Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section - Professor Jeffrey Berryman, University of Windsor Faculty of Law - Professor Jamie Cameron, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University - Professor Brenda Cossman, University of Toronto Faculty of Law - Professor Sébastien Grammond, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section - Professor Erik Knutsen, Queen's University Faculty of Law - James Leal, Beament Green - Professor Mark Perry, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law - Anne Marie Predko, Ministry of the Attorney General. 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