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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 three new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective December 2, 2015.

Justice Cecile Applegate was called to the bar in 1998. She is fully bilingual and has worked as a per diem Assistant Crown Attorney in Simcoe County since 2007 and as a partner at Wasaga Law, Barristers and Solicitors for the past three years. Previously, Justice Applegate was a Standing Agent for the Attorney General of Canada and a sole practitioner of criminal law for over 13 years. Justice Applegate has been an active member of her community as a board member of the annual Leap of Faith Multiple Sclerosis Volleyball Tournament since 2005 and regular volunteer at Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Bowl for Kids and the YMCA.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Applegate to preside in Barrie.

Justice Jonathan Bliss was called to the bar in 1993. For the past 20 years, he has been a sole practitioner of criminal law. Prior to that, Justice Bliss was an associate at the firm of Rosen, Fleming, where he practiced criminal law at all levels of court. Justice Bliss has been a mentor to internationally trained legal professionals and a tutor for students retaking the Bar Admission Course in criminal law. Justice Bliss has volunteered at Flemingdon Community Legal Services since 2009, where he provides legal advice and services to low income persons. He is also a member of the Legal Aid Ontario area committee, which is responsible for reviewing applications for legal aid funding.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Bliss to preside in Barrie.

Justice Marvin Kurz was called to the bar in 1983. For over 25 years, he has been a partner at the firm Dale, Streiman & Kurz, working in family law, civil litigation and human rights. Previously, he worked as an associate at the firms of Pinkofsky, Lockyer and Kwinter, and Zuker, Dale and Streiman. Justice Kurz is the Chair of the Peel Family Law Committee and Mediation Arbitration Peel. Previously, he was a member of the Board of Directors for Access Education Guatemala, the Canadian Arab - Jewish Leadership Dialogue Group, and the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada for over 30 years.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Kurz to preside in Halton.

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