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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 28, 2016.

Justice Sandra Martins was called to the bar in 2002. Justice Martins has more than 13 years of experience as Crown counsel in Brampton, where she specialized in prosecuting cases involving domestic violence and addictions issues. Since 2015, Justice Martins has served on the province's Mental Health Advisory Committee as well as the Peel Mental Health Committee.

Justice Martins sits on the board of the Peel Justice Education Network, for whom she coordinates yearly mock trial and mock bail competitions. She is also vice-chair of the Vitanova Foundation, a non-profit corporation and registered charity that provides a range of addiction-related services to individuals, families and the community, at no charge.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Martins to preside in Brampton.

Justice Paul Thomas O'Marra was called to the bar in 1992, and has been practicing criminal law as a sole practitioner and Legal Aid Ontario duty counsel for the past 24 years. In 2013, he was a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for making a significant contribution to the policing community within Canada. He was also the regional director for Peel Criminal Lawyers Association.

Justice O'Marra's community activities include coaching hockey and guest speaking at several schools, where he teaches young people about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the judicial system. He was involved in preparing and delivering course material for the Law Society of Upper Canada's accredited Paralegal Diploma Program at Algonquin Careers Academy.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice O'Marra to preside in Brampton.

Justice Mohammed Moiz-ur (Moiz) Rahman was called to the bar in 1998. That same year, Justice Rahman joined the Public Prosecution Service of Canada as Crown attorney and senior counsel, where he served the government's Anti-Organized Crime Unit. Justice Rahman also prosecuted cases under statutes that included the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code, the Copyright Act, the Income Tax Act and the Customs Act. He has served as senior counsel with the Department of Justice's Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance Unit, Ontario Regional Office. Since April 2016 he has served as counsel with the Ministry of Attorney General's Crown Law Office - Criminal.

Justice Rahman has volunteered with the Ontario Justice Education Network since 2009. He also mentors first-year and upper-year law students. He has helped coach Osgoode Hall's award-winning teams in the Arnup and Sopinka Cup Trial Advocacy Competitions. Justice Rahman also participates in the Bowl for Kids Sake fundraising events for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Rahman to preside in Brampton.

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