Highlights of a stellar career
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1932: Roland "Roy" McMurtry born in
Toronto, May 31.
1957: Marries Ria, his girlfriend
1958: Called to the bar.
1975-85: Ontario Attorney General
(also Solicitor-General from 1978-82).
Establishes bilingual courts.
Reforms family law legislation,
giving women equal share in family property after
Introduces mandatory seatbelt law.
Sets up system of storefront legal
Helps forge deal leading to Charter
of Rights and Freedoms.
1985-88: High Commissioner to Great
Britain (after losing race for leader of Ontario
Conservatives). Helps lead Commonwealth campaign to
free Nelson Mandela and end white minority rule in
1989-91: Commissioner, Canadian
1991-96: Associate Chief Justice,
then Chief Justice of Ontario Court, General
Division (the province's top trial court).
1996-2007: Chief Justice of Ontario
and head of 22-judge Ontario Court of Appeal.
Leads panel that strikes down ban on
same-sex marriage in 2003.
Reduces backlog in Court of Appeal.
Leads calls to improve access to
justice. Helps develop Pro Bono Law Ontario to
expand network of free legal services.
Supports alternatives to court for
less serious youth cases.
Creates Ontario Justice Education
Network, a program to educate students about justice