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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 Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General for Ontario, has announced the appointment of six new justices to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective May 23, 2019.

Justice Evelyn J Baxter has extensive legal experience, including over ten years as an adjudicator with the Independent Assessment Process, the federal tribunal adjudicating cases involving former students of Indian Residential Schools. Justice Baxter has also recently served as an adjudicator for the Ontario Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and as Chair of the Mercury Disability Board. She has been a keynote speaker at various conferences and organizations, including the United Nations.  Justice Baxter is Anishnawbe-kwe from Northern Ontario and is a member of the Marten Falls First Nation in the Treaty #9 area.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Baxter to Kenora.

Justice André Chamberlain has worked as federal Crown counsel since 2001. He served as a deputy team leader at Toronto's Old City Hall and as immigration prosecution counsel. Specializing in restorative justice, Justice Chamberlain also served as the lead Crown prosecutor in Toronto's Gladue Court and is currently the Federal team lead for the Drug Treatment Court. Since 2005, Justice Chamberlain has been involved with the United Way where he has been a member of several committees, including the Community Impact Committee and Management Advisory Group.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Chamberlain to Toronto.

Justice David Maylor has been the Crown Attorney for Peel Region since 2013 after serving as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Peel since 1994. An active member of the Peel community, Justice Maylor has been a board member of Safe City Mississauga, Victims Services of Peel, Alzheimer's Society of Peel and Peel Children's Centre. Prior to his legal career, Justice Maylor worked as a journalist reporting in print and radio.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Maylor to Toronto.

Justice Heather-Ann Mendes has been in private practice in Sault Ste. Marie since 2005, focusing on family and child protection law. Justice Mendes has also been a panel lawyer with the Office of the Children's Lawyer since 2008. She has been a family and child protection mediator since 2013 and a Deputy Judge for the Small Claims Court since 2016. Justice Mendes has volunteered with the Art Gallery of Algoma since 2009.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Mendes to Sudbury.

Justice Janet O'Brien has been an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General since 2001 and is experienced in all manners of prosecutions in the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice. Justice O'Brien has dedicated much of her time volunteering with law students at Queens University and is a member of the Ontario Justice Education Network's Kingston Justice Education Committee.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice O'Brien to Perth.

Justice Kathryn Wells has maintained a private practice as a criminal defence counsel in southwestern Ontario since 2004. Justice Wells also has experience as an assistant Crown attorney in Toronto and York Region. Justice Wells has been a co-op mentor with the Toronto District School Board since 2008 and has volunteered with the Ontario Justice Education Network.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Wells to Brampton.

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