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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 October 19, 2016.

Justice Marcella Henschel was called to the bar in 1994. Justice Henschel has over 22 years of experience as Crown counsel in Newmarket, and has also taken on other roles, such as appellate counsel and counsel to the director of Crown Operations in the Central East region.

In her community, Justice Henschel has volunteered her time as a program director for the Bread of Life Food Bank in Newmarket and has contributed her knowledge of the criminal justice system to the Yellow Brick House women's shelter, in addition to her involvement in local competitive swimming programs.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Henschel to preside in Newmarket.

Justice John Stuart McInnes was called to the bar in 1997. Justice McInnes has spent the past 16 years as Crown counsel. Focusing both on appeals and justice prosecutions, he has often worked on cases with broad legal implications -- including appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Since 2010, Justice McInnes has taught classes on criminal procedure at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law as an adjunct professor. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Red Door Family Shelter in Toronto.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice McInnes to preside in Newmarket.

Justice Christine Pirraglia was called to the bar in 1989. Justice Pirraglia has served as the Crown attorney for North York since 2010, following 11 years as an assistant Crown attorney and deputy Crown attorney. She has prosecuted cases in both the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice.

Justice Pirraglia also has acted as criminal defence counsel. In 1991, she opened her own private practice and, over eight years, represented clients facing a broad range of criminal offences.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Pirraglia to preside in Newmarket.

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