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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 September 7, 2016.

Justice Deborah Anne Kinsella was called to the bar in 1997. For the past 19 years, she has worked as an assistant Crown attorney in Brantford, Thunder Bay, Welland and Etobicoke. As a member of the Ontario Crown Attorney's Association, Justice Kinsella served on the Education Committee and was part of the Experts Evidence Program.

She was an active volunteer with the Ontario Humane Society and assisted young Indigenous artists in Thunder Bay by supporting local art events, helping with school applications and liaising with the local high school.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Kinsella to preside in Cornwall.

Justice Michel Robert Labelle was called to the bar in 1994. For the past two years, he has worked as an assistant Crown attorney in Timmins. Justice Labelle began his career in private practice at Racicot, Bonney in Timmins, becoming partner in 1997 while practicing criminal, civil, family and real estate law. He has appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice as both defence counsel and as an assistant Crown attorney.

Justice Labelle is fluent in English and French. He served on the board of directors for Science Timmins and volunteered as a minor hockey coach for 10 years.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Labelle to preside in Cochrane.

Justice Anthony Frederick Leitch was called to the bar in 1995. For the past two years, he has been an assistant Crown attorney in the Hamilton Crown Attorney's Office, where he also served as deputy Crown Attorney. Previously, he was the acting Crown Attorney in Orangeville and Simcoe and was an assistant Crown attorney in North Bay.

Justice Leitch was an active board member with Nelson Youth Centres, which provides mental health treatment for children, youth and families in Halton Region.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Leitch to preside in Hamilton.

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