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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

Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario, announced the appointment of two new justices to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective March 26, 2020.

Justice Maureen Heather Bellmore was called to the bar in 2001. For the past two and a half years, she worked as a Crown counsel at the Director of Crown Operations Office, Toronto Region with a focus on criminal law. In this role, she prosecuted a number of cases before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice and provided advice on a wide array of legal issues to the director and deputy director, as well as Crown attorneys. Prior to her position in the Director's Office, for 12 years Justice Bellmore was an Assistant Crown Attorney at the Etobicoke Crown Attorney's Office practising exclusively criminal law. For the past year, she was director of the sexual violence course at the Ontario Crown Attorneys' Association Summer School, an educational conference for Crowns and stakeholders in the criminal justice system. Justice Bellmore has served as a regional representative on a number of committees, including the Toronto Region Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, where she also acted as co-chair. For six years she coached in a girls' softball league.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Bellmore to Toronto.

Justice Michael Barry Joseph Carnegie was called to the bar in 2000. He has worked as the regional Crown counsel in the West Region Office of the Director of Crown Operations since 2016, where he specialized in criminal law. In this role, he prosecuted many major cases in and outside of the region and advised the director of Crown operations on a wide range of legal matters. Prior to this, he spent seven years working as embedded counsel on two high-profile murder prosecutions, which earned him an OPP Commissioner's Commendation and an Excelsior Award for outstanding achievement from the Ministry of the Attorney General. Justice Carnegie has directed the trial advocacy course at the Ontario Crown Attorneys' Association Summer School since 2012. He was a longtime chair of the Holy Trinity Parish Council and has coached in the Woodstock Minor Hockey Association since 2008.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Carnegie to London.

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