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New Judge Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

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New Judge Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario has appointed a new judge to the Ontario Court of Justice. Justice Kathleen Baker has been assigned by Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo to preside in Brantford, effective May 8, 2013.

Justice Kathleen Baker was called to the Bar in 1989 and was a legal supervisor, then in-house counsel for the Children's Aid Society of Brant. From 1990 to 1994, she was in private practice specializing in criminal and family law, including child protection matters. For six years, Justice Baker worked as senior legal counsel for the Children's Aid Society of Durham, and of Hamilton. More recently, she has been in private practice, dealing with child protection proceedings as well as custody and access, support and property issues. Justice Baker has also been a panel member for the Office of the Children's Lawyer.

Justice Baker has been a member of the Legal Aid Ontario local appeals committee, and the Hamilton Family Court's child protection sub-committee. She has been a speaker at the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies, the Hamilton Women's Group and the McMaster Student Union. Justice Baker also has a long history of volunteering, including providing assistance at the Sexual Assault Centre in Hamilton, and as a member of the Legal Aid Ontario mentoring program. Justice Baker was a member of the Hamilton Public Library Board.   

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