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New Justices Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice


New Justices Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

Ministry of the Attorney General

Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario, announced the appointment of two new justices to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective March 5, 2020.

Justice Deborah Calderwood was called to the bar in 1998. Specializing in criminal law, she worked as an assistant Crown attorney in downtown Toronto and then as Crown counsel at the Crown Law Office - Criminal. Most recently, she was the Regional Sexual Violence Crown for the Central West Region. In this role, she provided advice to prosecutors and police and designed and delivered sexual violence training to lawyers, police, nurses, victim services workers and other community groups. From 2016 to 2017, Justice Calderwood served as legal officer at the Office of the Prosecutor for the United Nations - International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Calderwood to Welland.

Justice Amanda Joy Camara was called to the bar in 2002 and has been an assistant Crown attorney in the Halton Crown Attorney's Office for seven years, with a focus on criminal law. She conducted several trials in the Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice, most recently with a focus on domestic violence and youth case management. From 2016 to 2019, she was co-chair of the Domestic Violence Courts Advisory Committee, which runs many domestic violence court programs. She also co-chaired the High Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction Team for Domestic Violence. Since 2017, she has volunteered as a fundraising coordinator for the North Halton Girls Hockey Association.

Chief Justice Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Camara to Hamilton.

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