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Two New Judges Appointed To The Ontario Court Of Justice

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Two New 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 March 7, 2012.

Justice Jonathon C. George was called to the Bar in 2001. Following his call, he joined the firm of Robbins, Henderson and Davis in Forest, building a criminal defence practice. As an Ojibway of Pottawatomi descent, Justice George has represented members of the First Nations community, including as legal counsel to the Kettle and Stony Point Chief and Council. As special duty counsel with Legal Aid Ontario, he provided summary legal advice to those in the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation. Since 2004, he has been co-counsel for the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, involved in complex land claim negotiations. He has been on the panel for the Ontario Children's Lawyer, representing children's interests. He has served on the boards of directors for St. Clair Child and Youth Services in Sarnia and the Canadian Mental Health Association in Lambton-Kent. Justice George was also a member of the Lambton County Youth Justice Steering Committee and chair of the Kettle and Stony Point Constitutional Development Committee. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice George to preside in London.

Justice Diane M. Lahaie was called to the Bar in 1993. She began her career as an associate lawyer with Guindon, MacLean, McDonald and Castle in Cornwall practicing criminal, family and civil litigation. Since 1995, Justice Lahaie has been a sole practitioner, which has included acting as a standing agent for the Attorney General of Canada for the counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and as a prosecutor for the Ministry of Health in the Cornwall area. She acted as counsel to the Ontario Provincial Police at the Cornwall Public Inquiry. Justice Lahaie has taught various courses in criminal law at colleges in the Cornwall community. She is fluent in English and French and has been active within her community, having served on the board of directors for the Cornwall Community Hospital, and as a guest speaker for the Canadian Council for the Blind, Women Entrepreneurs, and the Block Parents Association. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Lahaie to preside in a bilingual position in Ottawa.

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