Attorney General Announces Seven Justice Of The Peace Appointments



    TORONTO, March 11 /CNW/ - Attorney General Michael Bryant is announcing
seven justice of the peace appointments, effective March 21, 2007.
    "Since October 2003 the Ontario government has appointed 74 justices of
the peace in Ontario," said Bryant. "These new appointments help ensure that
Ontario's courts have adequate resources and improve access to justice for all
Ontarians."
    Justice of the Peace Sandra Anstey has been a public school board trustee
for the Toronto Board of Education and was a founding member and president of
Women in International Trade - Ontario. She has held senior positions at a
number of leading public affairs and communications firms. Associate Chief
Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Anstey to Toronto.
    Justice of the Peace Denis Lee served as a city and regional councillor
for the city of Burlington, where he chaired standing committees and several
regional committees. He has most recently worked as a building contractor and
spent more than 25 years in the insurance industry. Associate Chief
Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Lee to Milton in the Central West region.
    Justice of the Peace Bruce Phillips has been a corporal and constable
with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, serving in several communities in
Ontario and Manitoba. He has also worked as an intelligence coordinator at
EKATI Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories. He was an investigator for
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit from January 2000 to July 2003.
Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs
has assigned Justice of the Peace Phillips to St. Catharines in the Central
West region.
    Justice of the Peace Carol Louise Seglins served as mayor and chief
executive officer of the Town of Caledon, and as a councillor in Peel region
for 15 years. She has been vice-president of the Association of Municipalities
of Ontario, director of Caledon Hydro Corporation, chair of the Ontario Small
Urban Communities and a member of the Peel Crime Prevention Through
Environmental Design, Caledon Community Policing. Associate Chief
Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Seglins to Newmarket in the Central East region.
    Justice of the Peace Monique Seguin has been manager of regional judicial
support in the Office of the Regional Senior Justice in Sudbury since 1999.
She has held various positions in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and
Housing including a mediator, adjudicator, and an appeal analyst at the Rent
Review Hearings Board. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the
Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace Seguin to Sudbury in
the Northeast region.
    Justice of the Peace Jamie Shortt has been an area manager in the
Southwest region for the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. He has
held various positions at the Ministry of the Solicitor General and
Correctional Services including deputy superintendent of the Bluewater Youth
Centre and administrator of the Camp Dufferin Youth Facility. Associate Chief
Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Shortt to St. Thomas in the West region.
    Justice of the Peace Habte Worku is a dispute resolution professional
with over 15 years experience in mediation and dispute resolution. Most
recently, he was an accident benefits consultant for a law firm in Toronto and
a roster mediator for the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program of the Superior
Court of Justice. He has also worked as a mediator and settlement officer for
the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. Associate Chief
Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Worku to Toronto.

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               REFORMING ONTARIO'S JUSTICE OF THE PEACE SYSTEM
    

    The McGuinty government is committed to modernizing the justice of the
peace system and improving the operation of the courts for all Ontarians. On
October 19, 2006, the Access to Justice Act was passed by the legislature and
received Royal Assent. This legislation, among other things, reforms the
justice of the peace system and helps ensure that Ontario's courts have
adequate resources in order to operate efficiently and effectively.
    The Access to Justice Act allows justices of the peace who had retired
prior to their mandatory retirement date to return to the bench to serve on a
day-to-day basis to help manage the caseload for criminal and Provincial
Offences Act proceedings. Within days of the bill being passed, there were per
diem justices of the peace in courtrooms across the province. Ontario now has
23 per diem justices of the peace and the government will continue to
authorize more.
    The new law also provides for a more independent appointment process for
justices of the peace and establishes minimum qualifications. The legislation
establishes a new Justice of Peace Appointments Advisory Committee, which will
make appointments more open and transparent. It also establishes minimum
qualifications for appointment, for example requiring a university degree or
comparable community college diploma, or an equivalency, including life
experience, and at least 10 years paid or volunteer work experience.
    The Act also ensures that all future appointments are presiding justices
of the peace who can hear a broader range of matters than non-presiding
justices of the peace, including trials under the Provincial Offences Act. The
government will also continue to look at opportunities to convert
non-presiding justices of the peace to full-time presiding status.
    The government also continues to work with the Court to create a justice
of the peace complement model to keep up with changing needs and ensure the
sustainability of the system.
    Since October 2003, Attorney General Michael Bryant has announced 74
full-time presiding justice of the peace appointments. There are 311 justices
of the peace sitting in Ontario.

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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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