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Attorney General Announces Judicial Appointments

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Attorney General Announces Judicial Appointments

New Judges To Preside In Kitchener and Welland

Ministry of the Attorney General

TORONTO -- Attorney General Michael Bryant announced the appointment of Tory Colvin and Michael Epstein as provincial judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective January 26, 2005.

"These individuals have the range of experience that will enable them to contribute significantly to the bench," said Bryant. "These appointments demonstrate our government's ongoing commitment to the justice system."

Mr. Justice Colvin was called to the Bar in 1985, and since then has been in private practice, mainly in criminal law. He is a certified specialist in criminal litigation and has conducted over 2,000 trials throughout Ontario. Bilingual, Mr. Justice Colvin has been involved with the Juridical French program at the University of Western Ontario's Faculty of Law. He has been president of the Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario and vice-president of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne. In 1999, he was awarded a life membership in the Mérite francophile by the Association canadienne-française de l'Ontario.

Mr. Justice Epstein was called to the Bar in 1977 and was in private practice for 27 years, focusing exclusively on criminal litigation since 1981. He has been an alternate chair of the Ontario Review Board since 2000, conducting hearings of accused individuals who are mentally disordered.

Mr. Justice Epstein has lectured to numerous community organizations, probation and parole authorities and secondary schools to educate them on the principles of criminal law and the administration of justice. He is a member of the Middlesex County Law Association and the London Criminal Lawyers' Association.

Chief Justice Brian W. Lennox has assigned Mr. Justice Colvin to preside in Welland and Mr. Justice Epstein to preside in Kitchener.

Bryant has appointed 29 judges since the McGuinty government was sworn in October 23, 2003.

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