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New Judges Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

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New Judges Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario has appointed two new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective Aug. 21, 2013.

Justice Ronald A. Marion was called to the Bar in 1976. He was a partner at the law firm Sloniowski & Marion, specializing in criminal and civil litigation. Most recently, he was a partner at Blackadder Leon Marion and Fazari LLP, focusing on family law, in addition to handling criminal and civil cases in English and French. 

Justice Marion has chaired the Ontario School Trustees Council, was president of L'Association française des conseils scolaires de l'Ontario, and has been chair of L'Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario, as well as the Conseil scolaire Viamonde since its inception in 1998. He has been a school trustee for, as well as chaired the Niagara South Board of Education, and has been chair of the Legal Advisory Committee to Niagara Child and Youth Services. Justice Marion has also been a panel member for the Office of the Children's Lawyer since 1981, representing children in court. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Marion to preside in Windsor.

Justice Kevin Bruce Phillips was called to the Bar in 1999 and since then has been an assistant Crown attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General, practising in Durham, Kingston, Cornwall and most recently in Ottawa. He has prosecuted all manner of criminal cases, recently focusing on Internet crimes involving child exploitation and luring.

Justice Phillips was a founding member of the Ottawa Mental Health Court Committee, helping to set out the court's founding principles, scope and methodology. He has been a volunteer board member of the Ottawa branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, and sat on the board of trustees for the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. Justice Phillips has also done volunteer work with the Ontario Justice Education Network, which seeks to improve the public's understanding of the legal system. He has been an instructor for the Bar Admission Course, and has lectured at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa Law School, Young Lawyers' Conferences, the Canadian Police College and the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Phillips to preside in Brockville. 

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