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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 10 new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective April 16, 2014.

Justice John F. Adamson was called to the bar in 1990. For the past 22 years he has worked as senior partner at Farquharson Adamson & Affleck LLP, exclusively practising criminal law. Justice Adamson has also handled legal aid, pro bono and mental health cases, and conducted trials in the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice. He has participated as a committee member for the Durham Drug Treatment and Mental Health Court, the Durham Criminal Bar committee, and the local Ontario Court of Justice Bench and Bar committee. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Adamson to preside in Oshawa.

Justice Pamela Borghesan was called to the bar in 1992. She has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney since 1993. Justice Borghesan conducted bail hearings, judicial pre-trials, jury and non-jury trials and summary conviction appeals in the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice. She has been actively involved with the Wellington County mental health diversion program for over 15 years and more recently with the Drug Treatment Court. In addition, Justice Borghesan has acted as counsel to the coroner at a number of inquests, and she has often represented the Crown at Ontario Review Board hearings. Justice Borghesan has been a guest speaker at the University of Guelph, Connestoga College in Kitchener, and for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Borghesan to preside in Kitchener.

Justice John Paul Condon was called to the bar in 1983. He has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney since 2001. Justice Condon also worked as a municipal prosecutor and defence counsel, and managed his own private practice that included family law cases. Justice Condon has been a member of the Prosecutors' Association of Ontario, a board member for L'Arche North Bay -- an organization that creates homes and day programs for adults with intellectual disabilities, and has been active in a number of community football associations. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Condon to preside in Sault Ste. Marie.

Justice Marquis Sefton Verity Felix was called to the bar in 1998. For the past 16 years, Justice Felix has held various positions at the Ministry of the Attorney General, including most recently as Crown Attorney for Niagara North Region. In 2011-12, he led the Justice on Target strategy in Hamilton. Justice Felix has taught at the Osgoode Hall law school, professional development intensive trial advocacy workshop and the trial practice course for third-year law students. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Felix to preside in Oshawa.  

Justice Richard Todd Knott was called to the bar in 1992. He has worked as a partner at Howard Ryan Kelford Knott & Dixon since 1996, focusing on civil and criminal law. Justice Knott has also appeared before a broad range of administrative tribunals and has been the prosecutor for the Township of Rideau Lakes and the Town of Smiths Falls. He also conducted trials in Small Claims Court and the Superior Court of Justice. Justice Knott has been an active member of his community as a hockey coach and executive member for the Smiths Falls Girls Hockey Association. He was also the founder and board member of the Lanark County Brain Injury Group, supporting people who have suffered brain injuries and their families. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Knott to preside in Brockville.

Justice Catherine Mathias McDonald was called to the bar in 2002. She has worked as an associate lawyer at Colvin & Newman and Dennis W. Fenton Law Office, where she practised family and criminal law. For the past nine years, she has managed her own private practice, and more recently has represented the Children's Aid Society for the districts of Nipissing and Parry Sound in child protection proceedings. Justice Mathias McDonald has also worked for the Family Responsibility Office, been a panel member with the Office of the Children's Lawyer, and a panel lawyer for Legal Aid Ontario. Justice Mathias McDonald has volunteered for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, and was a member of the Legal Aid Ontario Aboriginal Issues Advisory committee and North Bay Family Bench and Bar committee. Justice Mathias McDonald is a band Member of the Temagami First Nation. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Mathias McDonald to preside in Parry Sound.

Justice Larry Bernard O'Brien was called to the bar in 1987. He has practised criminal law since his call to the bar and been a partner at Barr and O'Brien since 1995. Justice O'Brien has represented clients in courts across eastern Ontario and at the Ontario Review Board. Justice O'Brien has been a member of the Criminal Lawyers' Association, Leeds and Grenville Law Association, and the Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted. He has also volunteered for local basketball and hockey teams, and was a member of the public liaison committee for the St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice O'Brien to preside in Kingston.

Justice Sarah Suzanne Trach was called to the bar in 2003. For the past 10 years she has worked at McAuley & Partners, focusing on family law and acting as managing partner for the past three years. Justice Trach has also practised general litigation, including Small Claims Court matters, employment, criminal and civil litigation in both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. She has been a member of the legal panel of the Office of the Children's Lawyer and the Family Responsibility Office. Justice Trach has been a member of the board of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation, and Hoshizaki House, a shelter for abused women and their children. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Trach to preside in Kenora.

Justice Robert Wadden was called to the bar in 1992. For the past 20 years he has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney at the Ministry of the Attorney General. Justice Wadden has extensive experience dealing with witnesses and victims of crime, and has specialized in issues related to mental health and criminal law. Earlier in his career, Justice Wadden worked as an associate at Fasken Campbell Godfrey, and taught at the University of Ottawa law school. He has also been involved in local school councils and youth soccer clubs. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Wadden to preside in Ottawa.

Justice Matthew C. Webber was called to the bar in 1992. Early in his career, Justice Webber managed his own private practice and then worked as a partner at Pinkofsky Lockyer. For the past 10 years, he has worked as a senior partner at Webber Schroeder Goldstein Abergel, focusing on criminal law. Justice Webber represented clients in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice, Federal Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice Webber has been a member of the Criminal Lawyers' Association and the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa. He has also been a volunteer soccer coach for two junior soccer teams in Ottawa. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Webber to preside in Ottawa.

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