New Judges Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice
Ontario has appointed two new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective April 26, 2017.
Justice Bonnie Oldham was called to the bar in 1995 and focused on labour and employment law, conducting a range of arbitrations, mediations, collective bargaining sessions and hearings. In 2002, she joined a firm dealing mainly in criminal and family law, and two years later opened her own practice working across criminal, family law and civil litigation.
Justice Oldham has been very active in her community, giving her time to organizations including the Parry Sound Law Association, the Women's Network and a wide range of youth organizations and clubs.
Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Oldham to preside in Kitchener.
Justice Russell Stuart Silverstein was called to the bar in 1985. Justice Silverstein spent 18 years working in criminal defence before opening his own practice in 2003. He has represented clients before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Justice Silverstein has devoted significant time and energy to helping vulnerable people. Over the past 10 years, he has worked as a bilingual duty counsel for the ProBono Inmate Appeal Program at the Court of Appeal, and has volunteered as director and then co-president of Innocence Canada, an organization that advocates for individuals who believe they have been wrongly convicted.
Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Silverstein to preside in Toronto.