New Case Management Master Appointed in Ottawa
A new case management master has been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa, effective October 19, 2016.
Case Management Master Marie T. Fortier was called to the bar in 1983. Since 2012, she has served in a variety of adjudicative and quasi-judicial roles, most recently serving as a justice of the peace in the Ontario Court of Justice. Before that, she held the position of deputy judge of the Small Claims Court, associate chair of the Animal Care Review Board, and as a regional director of education with the Law Society of Upper Canada. Master Fortier litigated civil matters at all levels of Ontario courts, in both French and English in her previous career as a litigator in private practice.
Case Management Master Fortier has been active in her community, providing legal guidance and leadership for local environmental, education, and sports organizations. She has also volunteered her time with local youth softball and hockey teams.
Case management masters are provincially-appointed judicial officers. In Ottawa, they may hear and determine certain matters in civil and family cases, including motions, pre-trials and case conferences. They may also adjudicate construction lien trials, as well as mortgage and general references, provide dispute resolution services, and serve as registrars in bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.