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Three New Judges Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

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Three New Judges Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

Ministry of the Attorney General

The province has appointed three new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective June 20, 2012.

Justice Franco Giamberardino was called to the Bar in 1988 and joined the firm McGuire, Mills, Binks-Rice and Harrington, practising civil, criminal and family matters. From 1989 to 2001, he practised criminal law with the firm Patrick F.D. McCann and, since 2001, has been a sole practitioner representing clients before the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Review Board, Ontario and National Parole Boards, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Justice Giamberardino has been a member of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa and the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Law Association. He has been involved in numerous community and civic activities, including acting as a minor official for the Ottawa Junior 67's AAA hockey program, member of the executive and director of player development for the City of Ottawa Ringette Association, assistant coach for the Ottawa International Soccer Club and serving on the board of Serenity House, a home for recovering alcoholics. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Giamberardino to preside in Cornwall.

Justice Steven Paul Harrison was called to the Bar in 1979 and practised with Lendon & Lovell in Owen Sound, principally involved in family and civil litigation, and minor criminal proceedings. From 1985 to 1996, he was an associate with the firm Moldaver and Harrison. From 1996 to 2002, he was an associate with Murphy, Harrison, and practiced family and criminal litigation. Justice Harrison has been an agent for the Office of the Children's Lawyer and, in 1999, became a per diem Crown attorney in Peterborough and a family law mediator. Most recently, he has been a sole practitioner focusing on family law, and criminal and civil litigation. Justice Harrison has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada's Lawyer Referral Service, chair of the Peterborough County Area Legal Aid Committee and a member of the Community Liaison Committee for Peterborough's Unified Family Court. He was also a board member for Tri-County Behavioural Services, an agency helping children with developmental disabilities, and a minor hockey coach in Peterborough. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Harrison to preside in Owen Sound.

Justice Carolyn Jane Jones was called to the Bar in 1982. She practised in York Region with the firm Di Cecco, Jones for over 25 years, initially in criminal and youth matters, family law, civil litigation, wills and estates, and real estate law. For the past 25 years she has specialized in family law and child protection law. Justice Jones is an accredited family mediator and has also had a family mediation practice since 1996. She is also a qualified family arbitrator and child protection mediator. She has been a legal agent on the Child Representation Panel of the Office of the Children's Lawyer for 25 years, served as a settlement conference facilitator for Legal Aid Ontario and as a dispute resolution officer for the Superior Court of Justice (Family Court) in Newmarket. Justice Jones has been a member of the York Region High Conflict Forum. She has also been a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Jones to preside in Toronto.

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