Several judicial appointments bring new faces to the courts where paralegals practice in Ontario.
The province has appointed Justice Stephen Joseph Fuerth as the regional senior judge for the West Region of the Ontario Court of Justice, effective May 7, 2014. Justice Fuerth was originally appointed a judge in 2006 and will replace Regional Senior Justice Kathleen McGowan.
A regional senior judge of the Ontario Court of Justice exercises the powers and performs the duties of the Chief Justice in his or her region, subject to the authority of the Chief Justice. This includes scheduling court hearings and assigning cases to individual judges.
Ontario has appointed a new judge to the Ontario Court of Justice. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo appointed Justice Romuald F. Kwolek to preside in Sault Ste. Marie.
Justice Romuald F. Kwolek was called to the Bar in 1983. Justice Kwolek practised at Wishart, Noble and the law office of Gladys Pardu prior to joining the law firm of Orazietti, Kwolek, Walz, where he pursued a general practice, including family law.
Justice Kwolek was a deputy judge of the small claims court and a member of the legal panel of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, representing children involved in family litigation. Justice Kwolek has been a long-serving executive member of the Algoma District Law Association and member of the executive for the County and District Law Presidents’ Association.
Justice Lynda Susan Ross has been appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice, by Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo. Justice Ross will preside in Windsor.
Justice Ross was called to the Bar in 1991. She was on the legal panel of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and maintained a family law practice. She has practised collaborative family law and has been a child protection mediator, providing services to Children’s Aid Societies and courts. Justice Ross is a member of Legal Aid Ontario’s Mental Health and Domestic Violence panels.