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New Justices Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

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New Justices Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

Ministry of the Attorney General

The Honourable Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario, has announced the appointment of three new justices to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective October 9, 2019.

Justice Valerie Leigh Brown has been in private practice in Newmarket since 2002, with a focus on family and child protection law. Justice Brown has been a panel lawyer with the Office of the Children's Lawyer since 2009 and has been a Dispute Resolution Officer in both Newmarket and Barrie since 2015. Justice Brown is trained in conflict resolution, mediation and collaborative practice and is the current Family Law Chair for the Federation of Ontario Law Associations. Justice Brown volunteers as a youth mentor with the Girl Guides of Canada as Brownie Unit Guider and has received the Bronze Merit Award.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Brown to Owen Sound.

Justice Mark Moorcroft was in private practice from 1996 to 1999, during which time he represented clients in the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice. In 1999, he became an Assistant Crown Attorney in Oshawa. In 2015 he was appointed Crown Attorney for Northumberland County. As a leader in the local justice community, Justice Moorcroft participated in the Local Courts Management Advisory Committee, working to ensure that criminal courts are utilized effectively. Justice Moorcroft was a long-time volunteer for both Port Hope minor hockey and Port Hope minor soccer.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Moorcroft to Lindsay.

Justice Scott Gregory Pratt has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney since 2001. In that time, he has worked in eight jurisdictions prosecuting all types of offences in the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice. Justice Pratt was a founding member of the Justice Community Coalition on Collaboration and participated in several other advisory committees, including the Justice Education Network. Justice Pratt has also volunteered extensively with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Pratt to Windsor.

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