Attorney General Announces Four Justice Of The Peace Appointments



    McGuinty Government Improving Access To Ontario Courts

    TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - Attorney General Michael Bryant today announced
four justice of the peace appointments to the Ontario Court of Justice,
effective June 27, 2007.
    "Justices of the peace are an integral part of the justice system," said
Bryant. "I am confident these qualified individuals will make a significant
contribution to the lay bench."

    Justice of the Peace Clement Learie Edwards has over 20 years of
experience as a paralegal and immigration consultant. He was chairperson of
the federal Employment Insurance Board of Referees. He has been president and
chairperson of the Community Police Liaison Committee of Toronto's 42 Division
and has been a member of the Father McGivney School Parent Council. He served
as a police officer in Antigua-Montserrat. Justice of the Peace Edwards has a
certificate in law office administration from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute
and has completed the community police management program at Queen's
University. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace
Donald A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace Edwards to the Toronto
region.

    Justice of the Peace Patricia Lavallee worked most recently as a sole
practitioner in the areas of family law, wills and estates, real estate,
employment law, civil litigation and corporate/commercial law. She has been a
member of the area committee of Legal Aid Ontario for Niagara South and has
also been a member of the Family Panel for Legal Aid Ontario for 10 years. She
holds a bachelor of laws degree from Queen's University. Associate Chief
Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Lavallee to St. Catharines in the Central West region.

    Justice of the Peace Chimbo Poe Mutuma has most recently been a board
member of the Immigration Review Board, Convention Refugee Determination
Division of the federal Department of Citizenship and Immigration. He served
on the Advisory Board on Employment Equity in the Canadian Forces for the
Department of National Defence. He was also superintendent of the Information
Services Division of the former Toronto Board of Education. Justice of the
Peace Mutuma has been a board member of the Family Services Association of
Metropolitan Toronto and president of the Black Business and Professional
Association's Learning and Resources Centre Inc. He holds a masters of arts in
international relations and a diploma in international and security studies
from York University. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the
Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace Mutuma to the Toronto
region.

    Justice of the Peace Terence Alexander Steenson most recently has been a
lawyer with an Owen Sound law firm. He was a supervisor of criminal and family
law duty counsel and also performed duty counsel services in criminal, family
and bail courts. For 10 years, he operated a general practice in Guelph that
included criminal law, real estate and wills and estates matters. He has also
performed work for the Crown in criminal, bail and Provincial Offences Act
matters. Justice of the Peace Steenson was a member of the board of directors
of the Wellington County Law Association and has served on the Municipal
Affairs Committee of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. He holds a bachelor of
laws degree from the University of Western Ontario. Associate Chief
Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Steenson to Guelph in the West region.

    These appointees have been interviewed by the Justice of the Peace
Appointments Advisory Committee, established through the Access to Justice
Act, 2006.
    Attorney General Michael Bryant has announced the appointment of 104
justices of the peace since the McGuinty government was sworn in on
October 23, 2003.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Greg Crone, Ministry of the Attorney General,
Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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