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November 30, 2011
The province has appointed five new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective December 8, 2011.
Justice Philip Anthony Downes was called to the Bar in 1998 and that year he joined the Crown Law Office – Criminal at the Ministry of the Attorney General. As Crown Counsel, he conducted criminal appeals, including appearances before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also conducted criminal trials in litigation in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice. In 2006, Justice Downes moved to private practice as an associate with Fenton, Smith Barristers. In 2008, he became a sole practitioner focused in the area of criminal and quasi-criminal law, as well as regulatory and professional discipline matters. Justice Downes has led workshops for the New Lawyer conferences hosted by the Criminal Lawyers' Association and has represented the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers before parliamentary committees on proposed criminal law legislation. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Downes to preside in Toronto.
Justice Aston Joseph Hall was called to the Bar in1995. From 1995 to 2002, Justice Hall was a sole practitioner exclusively in the field of criminal law. He became a senior partner at Hall & Vaughan in 2002 and then opened his own law firm, Aston J. Hall and Associate, in 2009. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Justice Hall immigrated to Canada in 1983. He studied law at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School. There he was president of the Black Law Students Association and the Black Law Students' Association of Canada. In 2008, Justice Hall earned a Master of Laws degree focused on criminal law and procedure, also from Osgoode Hall Law School. Justice Hall has been a Director of the Criminal Lawyers' Association, Toronto, since 2009 and has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Jamaican Canadian Association. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Hall to preside in Toronto.
Justice Jacqueline Loignon was called to the Bar in 1994. Between 1995 and 1999, she was Barrister and Solicitor at the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. She then practiced law at Lang Michener LLP as an associate, where she was a member of both the Supreme Court of Canada and the Litigation practice groups. From 2001 to 2006, Justice Loignon was Counsel for the Ottawa Police Service, and she joined the Ministry of the Attorney General as an Assistant Crown Attorney in 2006. Justice Loignon has been a member of the County of Carleton Law Association and Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario. She is an active member of the community as a past member of the St. John Ambulance Federal District Council and Meals on Wheels. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Loignon to preside in Ottawa.
Justice Joseph Gilbert Raoul Maille was called to the Bar in 1984 and joined the firm Ramsay, Ramsay, Kemp and Andrew, later known as Kemp Maille. From 1995 to 2004, Justice Maille also acted as Standing Agent for the Attorney General of Canada in the District of Temiskaming. He also served as a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court from 1997 until he left private practice. Justice Maille joined the Ministry of the Attorney General as an Assistant Crown Attorney in 2008, working in Thunder Bay and then Haileybury. Justice Maille is a former president of Club Richelieu Temiskaming and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Timmins-Temiskaming Community Legal Clinic. He coached minor hockey for 16 years and has served as a member of the New Liskeard Minor Hockey Association's Abuse and Harassment Committee. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Maille to preside in a bilingual position in Haileybury.
Justice Heather Adair McArthur was called to the Bar in 1994. Her practice focused on criminal trials and appeals, with a special emphasis on complex matters such as homicides. In 2008 she opened McArthur Barristers. She has appeared at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. She served as a Toronto Director for the Criminal Lawyers' Association and as a board member for the Association in Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted. She has worked with the Women's Legal Education Action Fund and has published a number of legal articles. She has been heavily involved in continuing legal education. Justice McArthur is active in her community as a member on the Board of Directors of College Montrose Children's Place. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice McArthur to preside in Toronto.
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