Five New OCJ Justices Named

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Five new judges will start work Aug. 27 in the Ontario Court of Justice.

Justice Jill Miriam Copeland was called to the bar in 1995. Most recently, she was a partner at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP. Prior to that, she served as executive legal officer at the Supreme Court of Canada, and legal counsel for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

She has also acted as pro bono duty counsel for self-represented individuals before the Ontario Court of Appeal for inmate appeals. Justice Copeland will preside in Brampton.

Justice Karen Lynn Lische was called to the bar in 1996. For the past 13 years, Justice Lische has worked as an assistant Crown attorney for the Ministry of the Attorney General. She has conducted trials in both English and French in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.

Prior to that, she practised family law at Miller Maki, and was a panel lawyer for the Family Responsibility Office, Consent and Capacity Board, and the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Justice Lische will preside in Sudbury.

Justice Kevin G. McHugh was called to the bar in 1987. For the past 14 years, Justice McHugh has managed his own practice focusing on criminal law. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant Crown attorney for the Ministry of the Attorney General, a prosecutor for the Department of Justice Canada and was a founding partner at MacDonald and McHugh.

He has been president of the Oxford Law Association and a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Ontario. Justice McHugh will preside in Walkerton.

Justice Paul Francis Monahan was called to the bar in 1987. Justice Monahan has been a partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin for the past 19 years, and prior to that was a partner at Fasken Campbell Godfrey.

Justice Monahan has served as legal counsel to the discipline committee of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, and as pro bono counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Justice Monahan will preside in Brampton.

Justice Peter Andras Schreck was called to the bar in 1996. Most recently, he was a partner at Schreck Presser LLP., practising criminal law. He has taught the law of evidence at Osgoode Hall law school and the University of Toronto faculty of law.

Justice Schreck has also been a partner at Schreck Barristers, Schreck & Greene, Pinkofsky Lockyer, and managed his own firm as a sole practitioner. He has served as vice-president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Ontario, and has served as a member of the Legal Aid Ontario exceptions committee and the legal strategy committee for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Justice Schreck will preside in Brampton.

Two new justices had been appointed to Newmarket court earlier this month.

    The Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee advises the Attorney General of Ontario on the appointment of judges.

    The minimum requirement to apply to be a Judge in the Ontario Court of Justice is 10 years completed membership as a barrister and solicitor at the bar of one Canadian province or territory.

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