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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 December 25, 2013.

Justice Edward J. Kelly was called to the bar in 1990 and has specialized in criminal law throughout his career. Justice Kelly was duty counsel for legal aid for two years. In 1993, he started his own Toronto practice, and has represented clients in various criminal matters across the province in both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. He has acted as amicus curiae (a lawyer who helps the court) in a number of cases.

Justice Kelly has worked with a broad range of organizations addressing the needs of persons with mental health disabilities in the justice system. His involvement has included being a member of the Legal Aid Ontario Mental Health Law Advisory Committee, the Old City Hall Mental Health Court Committee, the Downtown Toronto Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee and the Ontario Courts Accessibility Committee. In addition to presenting broadly on issues related to mental health and the criminal justice system, Justice Kelly has also acted as counsel to Fair Change Community Services and started the "C Court Project" in 2011, both of which address the needs of persons with mental health disabilities facing Provincial Offences Act charges in Toronto. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Kelly to preside in Toronto.

Justice Katherine Stacy Neill was called to the bar in 1996. She was an associate with the firm Verity Daboll Gregory & Jones in Brantford for three years where she worked in family and civil litigation, estates and business law, and acted as duty counsel for family court. Justice Neill was in-house counsel with the Children's Aid Society of Brant until 2004, when she became its manager of legal services.

Justice Neill has been a member of the selection committee for the Brant Community Foundation's David A. Neill Philanthropy Award, which honours individuals, families or groups that demonstrate outstanding skills and determination in motivating fundraising projects in Brant County. Justice Neill was a director of the board of the Brantford and District Association for Community Living, where she helped to improve the delivery of local child and developmental services. She has also been a member of the Senior Counsel Network Group for Ontario Children's Aid Societies. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Neill to preside in Kitchener. 

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