New Judge Appointed To The Ontario Court Of Justice
A new judge has been appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice. Justice Sandra Marina Bacchus was assigned by Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo to preside in Toronto, effective March 23, 2011.
Justice Sandra Marina Bacchus was called to the Bar in 1993 and joined the Ministry of the Attorney General's Crown Law Office, Civil and Constitutional Law. Later in 1993, she became an assistant Crown attorney in Scarborough and prosecuted sexual assault, domestic assault, child abuse and other criminal cases in both the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice. From 1998 to 2000, Justice Bacchus was senior Crown counsel, prosecuting in the Supreme Court of Bermuda, Court of Appeal of Bermuda and in Magistrate's court. She attained an L.L.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2004. From 2006 to 2010, she was deputy Crown attorney for the Scarborough Crown's office where she built strong relationships with all justice system stakeholders, assisted in the management of the office, including case management, and regularly provided advice to her colleagues and the police. Since February 2010, she has been acting director to the assistant deputy attorney general in the Criminal Law Division, providing advice on various ministry initiatives, including Justice on Target, a strategy to achieve faster, focused justice.
Justice Bacchus has participated regularly in community events for the Guyana-Berbice Association, a cultural organization that donates funds to charitable causes in Canada and Guyana. She has been committed to supporting volunteerism in the Crown system and has regularly participated in the Ontario Justice Education Network and other school- and youth-based volunteer initiatives. She has been involved in educational forums for the York Region District School Board as well as the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law Combating Hate Crime Committee. She is a recipient of the Ontario Public Service Spirit Award, a Ministry of the Attorney General Excelsior Award and a Black History Month Award from the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation.