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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 August 26, 2015.

Justice Craig Anthony Parry was called to the bar in 1998. For the past 13 years, he has been a sole practitioner in Kitchener. While his practice focussed on criminal law, he also acted as counsel in family matters and in a number of precedent-setting civil matters. Justice Parry was previously an associate at the firm of Peter B. Hambly and a partner at the firm of Baran-Gerez and Parry.

Justice Parry has served as the Director of the Criminal Lawyers' Association for Waterloo Region since 2008 and is a board member of the Cambridge Kips Gymnastics Club. He has also served as a member of the Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club and as chair of its World Community Service Committee. He has also served as a board member of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Kitchener.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Parry to preside in Kitchener.

Justice Melanie Anne Sopinka was called to the bar in 1994. She has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Waterloo Region for the past 14 years, prosecuting a wide range of criminal matters. In 2013, Justice Sopinka was the Acting Deputy Crown Attorney for the region. Prior to joining the Ministry of the Attorney General, she served as litigation counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission.

Justice Sopinka is a founding member and director of the Sopinka Cup Society, which organizes an annual trial advocacy competition for law students across Canada. She mentors law students at the University of Toronto, participates in mock trials involving members of the local judiciary and defence bar and has created and delivered a one day seminar for women charged with prostitution-related offences.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Sopinka to preside in Kitchener.

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