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For Immediate Release
April 26, 2004



ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS

New Judges To Preside In Newmarket, Pembroke And Toronto

TORONTO Attorney General Michael Bryant today announced the appointment of four provincial court judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective May 5, 2004.

"These individuals have the breadth of experience that will enable them to make significant contributions to the bench," said Bryant. "The appointments illustrate our government's continuing investment in the justice system and commitment to stronger, safer communities."

Called to the Bar in 1982, Mr. Justice Geoffrey Beasley most recently was deputy Crown attorney in London and has previously lived in Renfrew County. He was assistant Crown attorney in London for 14 years, and has also been in private practice focusing on criminal, family, labour and administrative law. Mr. Justice Beasley was defence counsel on the historic Supreme Court of Canada constitutional decision of R v. Oakes.

Chief Justice Brian W. Lennox has assigned Mr. Justice Beasley to preside in Pembroke.

Madam Justice Lucia Favret was called to the Bar in 1986 and was in private practice until 1991, when she became a Crown counsel for the Federal Department of Justice in Toronto where she was was involved in complex consipiracy prosecutions. Since 1998, she has been a criminal defence counsel appearing at all three levels of court. She has been a trustee of the Metropolitan Lawyers Association and president of the Canadian Italian Advocates Organization.

Chief Justice Brian W. Lennox has assigned Madam Justice Favret to preside in Newmarket.

Madam Justice Kathy Caldwell was called to the Bar in 1988 and was an assistant Crown attorney in Toronto from 1989 to 2004. She was most recently counsel to the College of Physicians and Surgeons. A founding member of the domestic violence team at Old City Hall, Madam Justice Caldwell has provided domestic violence training to the police, Victim Services staff and cultural interpreters. Madam Justice Caldwell has been a presentor on various criminal issues for several organizations.

Called to the Bar in 1979, Mr. Justice John Sutherland most recently was director of the Special Investigations Unit. He has also been an assistant Crown attorney in London and Toronto and was in private practice in criminal law for seven years. He has been a board member of the Toronto Bail Program since 1994.

Chief Justice Brian W. Lennox has assigned Madam Justice Caldwell and Mr. Justice Sutherland to preside in Toronto.

Bryant has appointed 22 judges since the McGuinty government was sworn in October 23, 2003.


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