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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 four new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective December 28, 2017.

Justice Paul Burstein was called to the bar in 1992. For most of his career he has been a criminal defence lawyer, most recently with Burstein Bryant Barristers. Justice Burstein was also an adjunct professor at Queens University Law School and the director of Osgoode Hall's criminal law intensive program. He volunteers with youth minor league sports.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Burstein to preside in Oshawa.

Justice Victor Giourgas was called to the bar in 2000. Most recently, he has been the sole practitioner in his criminal defence and appellate practice and was previously a partner with Hicks Block Adams. Justice Giourgas volunteers with LAWS (Law in Action Within Schools) and the Toronto District School Board.

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

Justice Angela Lynn McLeod was called to the bar in 2002. She has worked as a sole practitioner for her entire career, as defence counsel, as a federal prosecutor and a victim's advocate. Justice McLeod has been a volunteer director with the New Path Youth and Family Services, Elizabeth Fry Society, Criminal Lawyers' Association of Ontario and Simcoe County Lawyers' Association.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice McLeod to preside in Barrie.

Justice Shannon Beverley McPherson was called to the bar in 2002. Most recently she worked as a defence lawyer and was appointed as Standing Agent for the Federal Crown in Halton Region in early 2013 until November 2017. Justice McPherson volunteers with the Halton District School Board and has volunteered with the Halton Blades Fencing Club and an Afghan learning centre.

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

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