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Attorney General Announces Judicial Appointment

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Attorney General Announces Judicial Appointment

New Judge To Preside In Halton

Ministry of the Attorney General

TORONTO -- Attorney General Michael Bryant today announced the appointment of Alan Cooper to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective December 22, 2004.

"Mr. Justice Cooper's vast range of experience will serve him well on the bench," said Bryant. "His appointment demonstrates our government's ongoing investment in the justice system and commitment to stronger, safer communities."

Called to the Bar in 1973, Mr. Justice Cooper was a federal prosecutor for a year before becoming a provincial assistant Crown attorney in Toronto, prosecuting offences including homicide and sexual assault cases. He has been in private practice, specializing in criminal law, since 1985.

Mr. Justice Cooper has lectured to various legal associations on topics such as probation and sexual offences. He is a trustee of the Hamilton Law Association and a member of the Hamilton Criminal Lawyers' Association.

Chief Justice Brian W. Lennox has assigned Mr. Justice Cooper to preside in Halton.

Bryant has appointed 26 judges since the McGuinty government was sworn in October 23, 2003.

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