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Judges Appointed To The Ontario Court Of Justice

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Judges Appointed To The Ontario Court Of Justice

Ministry of the Attorney General

The province has appointed two new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective August 24, 2011.

Justice Jonathan Brunet was called to the Bar in 1990 and joined the federal Department of Justice as counsel in civil litigation and immigration and refugee law in Toronto. In 1992, he was counsel for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. Since 1993, he has been an assistant Crown attorney for Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General with the exception of a three-year secondment to the federal Department of Justice. Justice Brunet has taught criminal law and procedure in French and English at the University of Ottawa since 1997, and taught criminal law at Carleton University. He has authored and co-authored four texts dealing with criminal law issues and has assisted the National Judicial Institute in setting up bail practice training for justices of the peace. He has been a board member of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario East-Champlain district and of the Canada-Ethiopia Coalition for Aids Prevention and Education in Ottawa. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Brunet to preside in Cornwall.

Justice David Michael Paciocco was called to the Bar in 1983. He joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa in 1982 and has been a full professor since 1990. He has also served as an assistant Crown attorney in Ottawa. From 1994 to 1998, he was counsel for Addelman, Edelson and Meaghar, and, most recently, counsel at Edelson, Clifford, D'Angelo. Justice Paciocco has been a member of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers and the Canadian Italian Advocates Organization. He has given seminars on various legal topics at numerous conferences and has written four books and many articles. His legal writing has been cited in hundreds of decisions in Canada. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Paciocco to preside in Ottawa.

Two Regional Senior Judges

The province has appointed Madam Justice Faith Maureen Finnestad as the Regional Senior Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice for Toronto, effective September 21, 2011. She was originally appointed a judge in 1995 and will be replacing Regional Senior Judge Robert Bigelow.

The province has also appointed Madam Justice Lise Maisonneuve as the Regional Senior Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice for the East Region, effective August 26, 2011. She was originally appointed a judge in 2003 and will be replacing Regional Senior Judge Judith Clarke Beaman.

A Regional Senior Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice exercises the powers and performs the duties of the Chief Justice in his or her region, subject to the authority of the Chief Justice. This includes scheduling court hearings and assigning cases to individual judges.

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