OTTAWA, January 29, 2007 - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments:
The Honourable Maureen Dorothy Forestell, a lawyer with Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario. She replaces Mr. Justice L.K. Ferrier ( Toronto) who has elected to become a supernumerary judge.
Madam Justice Forestell received a Bachelor of Laws in 1984 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1981 from York University and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1986. She received the prestigious Harold Fox Memorial Scholarship which permitted her to take up a pupillage at the Middle Temple, London ( England) in 1986-1987. Madam Justice Forestell’s practice expertise is in the areas of criminal law, professional regulation (prosecutions and defence), administrative law, and constitutional law. She practised with the Department of Justice in the area of criminal prosecutions (1984-1986) before moving to private practice in 1987. She has acted as Counsel and Alternate Chair for the Ontario and Nunavut Review Boards and as a Member of the Forensic Mental Health Advisory Committee.
The Honourable Thomas R. Lederer, a lawyer with Davis & Company is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario. He replaces Mr. Justice J.R.R. Jennings ( Toronto) who has elected to become a supernumerary judge.
Mr. Justice Lederer received a Bachelor of Laws in 1973 and a Bachelor of Arts (History) in 1970 from York University and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1975. He practised with the Crown Law Office, Attorney-General for the Province of Ontario (1975-1981), with Osler Hoskin Harcourt (1981-1992) and Genest Murray (1992-1999) before joining Davis & Company (1999-2007). Mr. Justice Lederer’s practice expertise is in the areas of administrative law, civil litigation, environmental law and municipal law. He has acted as an Instructor at the Bar Admission Course of the Law Society of Upper Canada, as author and presenter on administrative law matters and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the charity, Hope Air.
The Honourable Julianne Alys Parfett, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario. She replaces Mr. Justice G.R. Morin ( Ottawa) who has elected to become a supernumerary judge.
Madam Justice Parfett r eceived a Master of Laws in 2001 from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Laws in 1983 and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) in 1980, from Queen’s University and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1985. She has practised criminal law in both official languages as a Crown Attorney first in Windsor County (1987-1989) and then in the Ottawa-Carleton Region (1989-2007). Madam Justice Parfett has acted as the Attorney General’s Representative at the Ontario Review Board and as Course Director, Ontario Crown Attorneys Association Summer School. She has been involved in the Ottawa community acting as President of the Board of Directors of the Emily Murphy Non-Profit Housing Association.
The Honourable James Alexander Ramsay, Crown Attorney in St. Catharines is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario. He replaces Mr. Justice C.S. Glithero ( Kitchener) who was appointed Regional Senior Judge, Central South Region.
Mr. Justice Ramsay r eceived a Juris Doctor in 1979 from the University of Toronto and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1981. Mr. Justice Ramsay has practised criminal law in both official languages for the past 25 years first as an Assistant Crown Attorney (1981-1990), then as Counsel and Deputy Director, Crown Law Office Criminal (1990-2000) before becoming Crown Attorney, Niagara North (2000-2007). He has also acted as an Instructor at the Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada. Mr. Justice Ramsay has been an active member of the community through his involvement with the Town of Fort Erie Fire Department, the commission on judicial business of the Reformed Church in America and as a frequent lecturer in high schools on criminal law issues.
These appointments are effective immediately.
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