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Attorney General Announces Justice Of The Peace Appointments

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Attorney General Announces Justice Of The Peace Appointments

Ministry of the Attorney General

TORONTO -- Attorney General Michael Bryant is announcing seven justice of the peace appointments for Toronto, London and Ottawa effective September 15, 2005.

"Justices of the peace are playing an increasingly important role in our justice system, and are being called upon to look at increasingly complex issues," said Bryant. "These appointments, made under a new, interim process, will enhance the administration of justice in Ontario."

A member of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) since 1994, justice of the peace Mindy Avrich-Skapinker has extensive experience in conducting refugee claimant hearings. While at the IRB, she was also team facilitator for a Europe Team and a Middle East Team, responsible for reviewing materials on the countries handled by the team. She was a board member of the Toronto Regional Council, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada.

Since 1994, justice of the peace Vladimir Bubrin has been a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board where he adjudicated refugee claims. He has also worked in the Community Development Branch of the Ministry of Citizenship (Ontario) and been an investigator in the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman. He has published various articles and reviews in academic journals and community newspapers.

Justice of the peace Luigi Muraca has been a court agent advocating at agencies, boards and commissions. He has represented clients at the Ontario Court of Justice, Provincial Offences and Small Claims Court. He was appointed as a commissioner for taking affidavits, process serving and Tenant Protection Act matters. He has also assisted at the paralegal help centre and the legal clinic, Community Information Fairview.

Justice of the peace Lynette Stethem has provided consulting services to government and business. She was chairman of the board and CEO of a software company and has sat on the management advisory board of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, a special operating agency of the federal government.

For 11 years, justice of the peace Tina Wassenaar was a school/court liaison officer with the Toronto District School Board where she developed and implemented procedures to improve communications between the school board and courts. She has also been a Probation Officer for the Ministry of Community and Social Services and a youth worker/co-ordinator for the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto.

Associate Chief Justice/Co-ordinator of Justices of the Peace, Donald A. Ebbs has assigned justices of the peace Avrich-Skapinker, Bubrin, Muraca, Stethem and Wassenaar to Toronto.

Justice of the peace Patricia Hodgins most recently was area manager, western region, at the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, where she oversaw operations at the London Centre for Probation and Parole Services. Prior to this position, she was a probation and parole officer for 14 years. She has been a member of the London Domestic Violence Court Advisory Committee and the London Co-ordinating Committee to End Woman Abuse. Associate Chief Justice/Co-ordinator of Justices of the Peace, Donald A. Ebbs has assigned justice of the peace Hodgins to London.

Since 1994, justice of the peace Herb Kreling has been a councillor in Ottawa. He was chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board and has been president of the national Canadian Association of Police Boards. He was vice-chair of the Algonquin College Board of Governors and the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Police Services Board. Associate Chief Justice/Co-ordinator of Justices of the Peace, Donald A. Ebbs has assigned justice of the peace Kreling to Ottawa.

These appointments were made through an interim process, the first step in the government's plan to transform the justice of the peace system, to ensure that qualified candidates are selected. Further justice of the peace appointments are expected in the coming months.

The government is committed to further transforming the justice of the peace appointment process in order to make the system more open and transparent, and to permanently establish appointment standards to ensure that qualified candidates are appointed.

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