New Small Claims Court Administrative Judge Appointed
A small claims court administrative judge has been appointed effective September 14, 2017. This is an Order in Council appointment pursuant to s. 87.2 of the Courts of Justice Act. The new small claims court administrative judge position was created by legislative amendments which came into force on March 22, 2017. The small claims court administrative judge will preside in the small claims court branch of the Superior Court of Justice and report directly to the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice on matters affecting the scheduling and assignment of judicial duties and the administration of the small claims court.
Justice Laura Sue Ntoukas was called to the bar in 1988. She worked as legal counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General until 1991 and then entered private practice. In private practice, Justice Ntoukas specialized in real estate, including structuring condominium development projects and representing financial institutions. Since 2005, Justice Ntoukas also served as a deputy judge of the small claims court in Toronto and she was appointed as administrative deputy judge in Toronto in 2010.
Justice Ntoukas has been a mentor to Pro Bono Students Canada, a member of the Paralegal Advisory Committee at the Law Society of Canada and the chair of the Osgoode Hall Certificate Program, Small Claims Court.
The small claims court administrative judge is a provincially appointed judicial officer and serves for a five year term.