Paralegals Among New Justices of the Peace

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Ontario will have 21 new Justices of the Peace at Ontario Courts of Justice, effective March 12. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad announced the appointments March 4.

The appointees are:


Justice of the Peace Karen (Soloman) Baum:

    Baum has worked as a journalist for the past 17 years and was a news producer for CBC in Ottawa. She developed stories on municipal politics, health, human interest, crime and courts, and wrote, produced and anchored newscasts. Baum has served as a board member of the Cornerstone Housing for Women Foundation, the Caring and Sharing Exchange and the United Way/Centraide Ottawa. Baum is assigned to Toronto.


Justice of the Peace Anna Lynn Blauveldt:

    Blauveldt has served as Canada’s ambassador to Iceland, and has worked as a human resources consultant and federal public servant. She is bilingual and held executive positions in the portfolios of Aboriginal health, official languages, human resources and trade. Blauveldt is assigned to Ottawa.


Justice of the Peace Helena Mary Cassano:

    Cassano has worked in the court services division at the Ministry of the Attorney General since 2005. She was supervisor and manager of court operations in Brampton, Milton, Burlington and Orangeville. Cassano is assigned to Brampton.


Justice of the Peace Holly Charyna:

    Since 2010, Charyna has been executive director of the Temagami First Nation at Bear Island. She has served as the organization’s health services manager and shelter director; she was elected as Chief in 1993. Charyna was founding director/president of the First Nations Health Managers Association, chairperson of the Bear Island Education Authority, and was a joint management committee representative for Ontario’s Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy. Charyna is assigned to Owen Sound.


Justice of the Peace Ralph James Cotter:

    Cotter earned his Masters of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2006. He has been a Ministry of the Attorney General prosecutor for more than 10 years and has worked as a professor at Conestoga College in Kitchener. Cotter has more than 20 years of community service experience. Cotter is assigned to Brampton.


Justice of the Peace Veruschka Fisher-Grant:

    Fisher-Grant has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, in Toledo, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. She has maintained a private law practice in Mississauga since 2009. Fisher-Grant served for nine years as an assistant Crown attorney for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Fisher-Grant is assigned to Toronto.


Justice of the Peace Ginette Forgues:

    Ginette Forgues is bilingual and has worked as a teacher and school principal for the French Catholic School Board of Eastern Ontario for 34 years. She has mentored new principals and vice-principals and has extensive volunteer exprience. Forgues is assigned to Cornwall.


Justice of the Peace Rosanne Giulietti:

    Giulietti has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto and was called to the Bar in 1993. She and has been a solicitor with the City of Toronto and counsel with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. She has also served as an instructor in public law for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course and has extensive volunteer involvement. Giulietti is assigned to Toronto.


Justice of the Peace Thomas Glassford:

    Glassford has been assistant registrar for the Justices of the Peace Review Council and Ontario Judicial Council since 2002. He has worked in the Ministry of the Attorney General with the Assessment Review Board and has experience in municipal committees. Glassford is assigned to Toronto.


Justice of the Peace Jane V. Hawtin:

    With a mediation certificate from Harvard Law School, Hawtin has been president of Amberlight Productions Inc., since 1985. For the past 15 years, she has been a guest host of CBC radio programs. Hawtin is assigned to Toronto.


Justice of the Peace Rizwan M. Khan:

    Khan has a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University and was called to the Bar in 2001. A sole practitioner specializing in criminal defence for 10 years, Khan has worked as staff duty counsel for Legal Aid Ontario in Etobicoke. He has been a volunteer adjudicator for Legal Aid Ontario, and participated in mock trials for the Toronto Committee on Community Race and Ethnic Relations. Khan is assigned to Toronto.


Justice of the Peace Paula M. Konstantinidis:

    Konstantinidis has worked in public service for more than a decade. She was director of the Legal Services Program Support Branch at the Ministry of the Attorney General, where she managed staff and corporate operations. Konstantinidis worked at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and the ministries of Labour, Transportation and Government Services. Konstantinidis is assigned to Toronto.


Justice of the Peace Paul Langlois:

    For more than 30 years, Langlois has worked with the Ministry of the Attorney General — as a court reporter, a senior deputy sheriff and as a manager of court operations. Langloise has been a director of court operations for two regions. Langlois has served as a municipal councillor for the Town of Cochrane, and as a firefighter captain with the Cochrane Volunteer Fire Department. Langlois is assigned to London.


Justice of the Peace John Gary McMahon:

    With a Bachelor of Laws and Masters of Business Administration from Université de Moncton, McMahon was called to the Bar in 2003. A partner at Brunet McMahon LLP, McMahon is bilingual and practised in criminal, real estate, civil and succession law. He has acted as a Legal Aid Ontario per diem duty counsel for criminal matters, as a per diem prosecutor for Highway Traffic Act matters, and has handled matters on behalf of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. McMahon is assigned to Sault Ste. Marie.


Justice of the Peace Jane Moffatt:

    A discipline paralegal for the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), Moffatt has also worked as a prosecutor for the Regional Municipality of Durham and the City of Oshawa. She has been a leading member of the board for the Prosecutors’ Association of Ontario, including six years as president, and was a member of the board of Big Sisters of Oshawa/Whitby and Clarington. Moffatt is assigned to Peterborough.


Justice of the Peace Lloyd Phillipps:

    With a diploma in Paralegal Studies from Loyalist College, Phillipps has been an adjudicator at the Landlord and Tenant Board in London, an investigator and provincial prosecutor, and a professor at Niagara College in Welland. Most recently he was an investigator with the Ministry of the Environment. Justice of the Peace Phillipps has been active in his local school council. Phillipps is assigned to Toronto.


Justice of the Peace Renée Rerup:

    For more than a decade, Rerup has worked for Legal Aid Ontario, including as a paralegal and as an application assessment officer. Recently, she was manager of Legal Aid Ontario’s Newmarket Criminal Duty Counsel Office. Rerup has volunteer experience with justice-related boards and committees. Rerup is assigned to Barrie.


Justice of the Peace Raffaella Annamaria Scarpato:

    With a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor, Scarpato was called to the Bar in 2004. She has been a criminal duty counsel for Legal Aid Ontario, including at Youth and Gladue courts, in Toronto and Brampton. She has represented Legal Aid Ontario on the Justice on Target initiative. Scarpato has been a mentor and trainer, including at events hosted by Legal Aid Ontario and Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN). Scarpato is assigned to Toronto.


Justice of the Peace Audrey Greene Summers:

    Since 2003, Summers has been managing director and psychotherapist at Healing Nations Counselling and Clinical Consulting Services. She has also been a professor of social sciences and early child development at Niagara College – Six Nations Polytechnic Campus. Summers served as a Six Nations Council delegate for the Brantford Children’s Aid Society board of directors, and has provided clinical and administrative expertise to Six Nations Council and related social service agencies. Summers is assigned to Brantford.


Justice of the Peace Michele Thompson:

    Thompson has been a manager of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program for the Ministry of the Attorney General, in Kitchener, Stratford and Goderich. She planned and co-ordinated programs for victims and witnesses of crime. Thompson is a member of the Huron-Perth Human Services Justice Co-ordinating Committee, the Goderich and Stratford Youth Justice Committees, and has been involved in a broad range of community organizations addressing domestic violence and elder abuse. Thompson is assigned to Walkerton.


Justice of the Peace Karen Valentine:

    Called to the Bar in 2002, Valentine has practised law as a sole practitioner and for five years. She was legal counsel for two major insurance companies. Valentine was a trustee with the Durham Catholic District School Board, a director of Community Justice Alternatives of Durham Region, and acted as a tutor for candidates preparing for the real estate section of the Ontario Bar examinations. Valentine is assigned to Toronto.






One comment

  1. Great to see an increasing presence of paralegals in the legal environment of Ontario. I think this is a great thing for access to justice in general, as I’ve argued in my blog:

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