The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Announces Judicial Appointments in the Province of Ontario

OTTAWA, ON, May 19, 2022 /CNW/ – The Honorable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canadatoday announced the following appointments under the judicial nomination process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit and the diversity of Canadians, and will continue to ensure the appointment of lawyers who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Rock. J. Osbornepartner at Lenczner Slaght LLP in Torontois appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Toronto. Judge Osborne replaces Justice AJC O’Marra (Toronto) who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective May 22, 2021.

Susan FraserSenior Counsel at Fraser Advocacy in Torontois appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in new market. Judge Fraser replaces Justice MK McKelvey (new market), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective January 1, 2022.

Robert Centamanaging partner at Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP in Torontois appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Toronto. Judge Centa replaces Justice G. A. Hainey (Toronto), Who died October 6, 2021.

Amelia M. Dauriosole practitioner at AMD Law in Etobicokeis appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of OntarioFamily Court Branch, at new market. Judge Daurio replaces Justice RP Kaufman (new market), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective June 30, 2021.

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“I wish Justices Osborne, Fraser, Centa and Daurio every success in their new roles. I am confident they will serve the people of Ontario as well as members of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario.”

-The deputy. David LambettiMinister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Biographies

judge peter. J. Osborne was born and raised in Toronto. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University in 1987 and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1992.

Judge Osborne began his career at Goodmans LLP and practiced for 28 years at Lenczner Slaght LLP, where he was a partner since 2000. His extensive litigation practice focused on commercial and insolvency matters, shareholder rights and governance , and professional discipline prosecution and defense issues. .

Judge Osborne was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a director of the Advocates’ Society. Recognizing the importance of contributing to the profession, he mentored young lawyers, taught advocacy for many years at Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Torontotaught the Bar Admission Course in both Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, and participated in numerous legal training programs. He has been repeatedly recognized by Chambers and Lexpert (including the Lexpert Guide to The Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers, Top 40 under 40 and Guide to Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada), among others.

Judge Osborne and his wife, Christine, live Toronto and are the very proud parents of three children, James, Laura and Michael, with whom they had the good fortune to travel much of the world and to whom they passed on their love of the Canadian North, best explored in a cedar canoe.

Justice Susan Fraser was born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. She and her two sisters grew up in Thorn Hill, ON by their principled, fun-loving, hard-working parents. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science from McMaster University in 1990 and his law degree from Western University in 1993 and was called to Ontario bar in 1995.

In 2000, after practicing in a small firm, Judge Fraser founded Fraser Advocacy, a public law firm focused on mental health law and improving the rights of vulnerable people. She has appeared at all levels of court in Canada and before the Ontario Review Board and other courts. She has had the privilege of representing families, from Ontario Provincial child and youth advocate, and agencies at numerous coroner’s inquests. She has represented families and organizations in several public inquiries, including the Gillese Inquiry into the safety and security of residents of the long-term care home system in Ontario and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Judge Fraser enjoyed teaching and was a regular contributor to legal education. She has taught mental health law and policy at the Faculty of Health in the Critical Disabilities Studies program at York University, and Psychiatry and the Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has volunteered as the Director of Sound Times Support Services, a member-driven consumer/survivor initiative that provides mental health and addictions services downtown. Toronto.

With his partner Mike and his friend Ted, Judge Fraser co-parents of their three wonderful teenage children.

Justice Robert Centa law school gold medal graduate, University of Torontoin 1999. He had previously earned a BA from York University in 1996. After having been clerk to the judges of the Court of Appeal of Ontariohe was called to Ontario bar in 2001.

Judge Centa was the managing partner of Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP, where he specialized in public law and commercial litigation. In 2014, he was awarded the Douglas K. Laidlaw Medal for Excellence in Advocacy. During his practice, he frequently represented universities and public bodies. He was also lead counsel in the Red Hill Valley Drive Inquiry (Judge Herman Wilton-SiegelCommissioner) and as Counsel to the Pediatric Forensics Inquiry at Ontario (Justice Stephen GoudgeCommissioner) and the Motherisk Hair Analysis Review (Hon. Susan LangCommissioner).

Judge Centa acted pro bono for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Human Rights Watch, the Advocates’ Society and many others. He has written and lectured on evidence law, civil procedure, and the intersection of business and family litigation. Throughout his career, he has taught advocacy and legal ethics courses at the University of Toronto. In 2008 he received the from the University of Toronto Arbor Award for volunteer service.

Judge Centa is a passionate fan of women’s basketball and her beloved Toronto Raptors. He lives in Toronto and is very proud of his two sons.

Justice Amelia M. Daurio earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 2001 and her Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2004. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2005.

As a law student, Judge Daurio gained work experience in a poverty law clinic and the Family Responsibility Office. She then completed her papers with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) and spent eleven years as an attorney for a children’s aid society before entering private practice where she had the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills in advocacy.

Judge Daurio served as a member of a panel with the CAL, an officer with the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, and director of legal services for Luke’s Place. Her experience and training has focused on a number of complex and emerging issues including domestic violence, mental health issues, addictions, physical and sexual abuse, neglect and intersecting systemic issues including poverty, anti-black racism and the impact of child welfare on the Indigenous community. She has served as a director on the boards of the York Region Law Association, the Family Lawyers Association and the Durham Region Law Association. Judge Daurio has also devoted many volunteer hours to pro bono activities, presented at conferences, and supported students and young lawyers through coaching and mentoring.

Fast facts

  • At the level of the Superior Court, more than 530 judges have been appointed since November 2015. These exceptional lawyers represent the diversity that reinforces Canada. Of these judges, more than half are women, and the appointments reflect increased representation of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2+ and people who identify as having a disability.
  • The government of Canada is committed to promoting access to justice for all Canadians. To improve outcomes for Canadian families, Budget 2018 provides funding for $77.2 million over four years to support the expansion of Unified Family Courts, starting in 2019-20. This investment in the family justice system will create 39 new judicial positions in alberta, Ontario, New Scotlandand Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Federal judicial appointments are made by the Governor General, acting on the advice of the federal Cabinet and on the recommendations of the Minister of Justice.
  • Judicial Advisory Committees across Canada play a key role in assessing legal claims. There are 17 Judicial Advisory Committees, with every province and territory represented.
  • Significant reforms to the role and structure of Judicial Advisory Committees, aimed at enhancing the independence and transparency of the process, have been announced on October 20, 2016.
  • The government of Canada is committed to promoting a justice system in which cases of sexual assault are decided fairly, free from the influence of myths and stereotypes, and in which victims are treated with dignity and compassion. Changes to the Judges Act and criminal code which entered into force on May 6, 2021, mean that to be eligible for appointment to a provincial superior court, candidates must agree to participate in continuing education on issues related to sexual assault law and social context, which includes systemic racism and systemic discrimination. The new legislation improves the transparency of decisions by modifying the criminal code require judges to provide written reasons or place them on record when deciding sexual assault cases.

SOURCE Department of Justice Canada

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Elna M. Lemons