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New Judge Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice


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 Patrice François Band has been assigned by Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo to preside in Brampton, effective Nov. 20, 2013. 

Justice Band was called to the Bar in 1999. He was an assistant Crown attorney in Toronto and a member of the College Park Domestic Assault Team. In 2004, he became counsel for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, advising on matters of law, procedure and policy, and representing the college in disciplinary matters. Justice Band is bilingual, with experience conducting litigation in French.

Most recently, Justice Band has been a sole practitioner focusing on criminal defence, regulatory and professional discipline work. He has represented members of the educational and health care professions and acted as per diem counsel for the Toronto Crown Attorney's office.  Justice Band has also practised in association with Cavalluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP, representing professional clients facing prosecutions involving various police services and professional regulatory bodies.

Justice Band has served as a director of the Criminal Lawyers' Association since 2009. For the past six years, he has helped students interested in pursuing a career in criminal law by acting as an alumni mentor at his alma mater, the University of Toronto faculty of law, from which he graduated in 1997. In 2003, Justice Band received a master of laws from the New York University school of law. 

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