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Two New Justices Of The Peace Appointed To Ontario Court Of Justice

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Two New Justices Of The Peace Appointed To Ontario Court Of Justice

Ministry of the Attorney General

The province has appointed two new Justices of the Peace to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective April 8, 2009.

His Worship Stephen Christopher Budaci has served as a board member with the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada since 2001. In this role, His Worship assisted in the implementation of the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act , conducted specialized hearings and mentored new board members. From 1996 to 2001, he was vice-president of marketing and sales for Italfina Inc. He also worked for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited - CANDU from 1989 to 1995. As an active member of the community, His Worship Stephen Budaci has been involved with many non-profit organizations; he has served as Chairperson for St. Gabriel's Child Care Centre and as president for both the Canadian Fine Food Association and the Canadian Fine Food Show. He has also served as media committee director for the United Way of Greater Toronto. His Worship has been appointed as a full-time presiding Justice of the Peace.  Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace John A. Payne has assigned Justice of the Peace Budaci to Brampton.

His Worship Joseph Andre Bernard Caron has worked as a lawyer since 1992. As a bilingual lawyer in Thunder Bay, he provided French language services and access to justice for clients in remote areas of the region, including Longlac and Manitouwadge.  His Worship provided a wide scope of services in corporate, family, real estate and criminal law, as well as civil litigation. In 1999, he practiced with a small firm in Ottawa specializing in labour and employment law.  He currently works for the Corporation of the City of Thunder Bay and is responsible for the prosecution of all offences laid under the Provincial Offences Act. As a Deputy Judge for the Province of Ontario from 2001 to 2003, he conducted pre-trials and trials in both English and French. Justice of the Peace Caron is a member of the Prosecutors' Association of Ontario, Law Society of Upper Canada and L'Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario. He has also served as an elected School Board Trustee for the Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales since 2006. His Worship has been appointed as a full-time presiding Justice of the Peace. Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace John A. Payne has assigned Justice of the Peace Caron to Thunder Bay.

Justices of the Peace are judicial officers appointed pursuant to the Justices of the Peace Act. These appointees have been interviewed by the Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee, established through the Access to Justice Act, 2006.

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“Justices of the Peace Budaci and Caron bring a broad range of experience to their new roles. I am confident that they will make significant contributions to both the Ontario Court of Justice as well as their local communities.”

Chris Bentley

Attorney General

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