New Judges Appointed to the Ontario Court Of Justice
The Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General for Ontario, has announced the appointment of three new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective October 10, 2018.
Justice Michelle Mei-Chi Cheung was called to the bar in 1996. After three years in private practice, Justice Cheung joined the legal department at the Children's Aid Society of Toronto where she has been for nearly 20 years, supporting child protection matters at all levels of court. Since 2008, she has taken on various roles, such as floater counsel, consulting counsel to the adoption/crown ward disclosure team and special initiatives counsel. Justice Cheung has organized conferences and seminars to benefit the legal and non-legal Chinese Canadian community as a long-time member of the Association of Chinese Canadian Lawyers of Ontario. Justice Cheung also served as a member of the family law rules committee, the high conflict families consultation panel, the board of the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and the Caring and Safe Schools Committee, of a local school.
Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Cheung to preside in Brampton.
Justice Khatira (Kathy) J. Jalali was called to the bar in 2002. She was an associate with Mackay and Mackay until 2009 when she established her own practice specializing in criminal law. Since 2002, Justice Jalali has served as per diem duty counsel in Brampton, Halton Region and Dufferin County. She has mentored and supervised articling students since 2014 and has also mentored young duty counsel as well as helped students through the Ontario Justice Education Network. Justice Jalali previously volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel and most recently worked with the French language community in Brampton to explore how to better assist French speaking individuals at the Brampton Courthouse.
Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Jalali to preside in Brampton.
Justice Michael K. Wendl was called to the bar in 2007. He is a certified specialist in criminal law. Since 2015, he has worked as a sole practitioner, and prior to that, he was a partner at Raftery Law. Justice Wendl has been a member of the Hamilton Criminal Lawyers' Association since 2009, where he most recently served as President. In this role, Justice Wendl also sat on bail, bench and bar committees. He has been a member of the Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario since 2008. Additionally, Justice Wendl served on the board of directors for Opera Hamilton.
Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Wendl to preside in Guelph.