New Judges Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice
Ontario has appointed three new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective August 9, 2017.
Justice John Alexander (Alex) Finlayson was called to the bar in 2002. Justice Finlayson has extensive experience in family law, including more than 12 years as a sole practitioner. He has also served as duty counsel for over 10 years. Justice Finlayson is active in the community, including volunteering with LGBT youth. He currently serves on the 311 Jarvis Open Bar Planning Committee, which focuses on organizing and planning continuing legal education programs.
Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Finlayson to preside in Toronto.
Justice Timothy Gordon Macdonald was called to the bar in 1985. Since 1993, Justice Macdonald has litigated matters in family and criminal law as a sole practitioner. He has also been a member of the Child Representation Panel for the Office of the Children's Lawyer since 1986. Justice Macdonald's community work includes more than 24 years providing in-home legal assistance to seniors and members of the local Amish community, as well as pro bono legal advice and services to parents of children with special needs.
Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Macdonald to preside in Goderich.
Justice Danalyn Jean MacKinnon was called to the bar in 1989. Justice MacKinnon has served as a justice of the peace since 2013. Prior to that, she practiced law for 23 years as duty counsel in fly-in courts and as a children's lawyer. Justice MacKinnon also served as a deputy judge of the Small Claims Court for 14 years. She has served as director on boards including Community Living Dryden/Sioux Lookout and the Dryden Development Corporation.
Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice MacKinnon to preside in Kenora.