Three new judges appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice



    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The province has appointed three judges to the Ontario Court of Justice,
effective January 28, 2009.

    Justice Robert W. Beninger was called to the Bar in 1984. Since then he
has practiced criminal and family law. He worked as a part-time Assistant
Crown Attorney in Peterborough, a standing agent for the Federal Government
for the county of Peterborough and as a sole practitioner in private practice.
Justice Beninger was a member of the Peterborough Legal Aid Area Committee
from 1992 to 2006 and was appointed Area Director of the Peterborough Legal
Aid Office in 2006. As a member of the Peterborough Law Association, he served
as chairperson of the Constitution Committee in 2000 and served as president
from 2001 to 2003. Justice Beninger taught Law in the Administration and
Policy program at Trent University from 1987 to 2001. Chief Justice Annemarie
E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Beninger to preside in the Peterborough area
and Durham.

    Justice Michael Block was called to the Bar in 1988. Since then he has
practiced criminal law. As well as representing clients before the Superior
Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice, he has represented police
officers in matters under the Police Act, doctors in proceedings before the
Health Disciplines Board and has acted as counsel at inquests. Justice Block
has been a member of the Criminal Lawyers' Association since 1988, the Toronto
Lawyers' Association since 1995 and the Toronto Area Committee of Legal Aid
Ontario since 1990. He has been a guest speaker in Toronto and Peel Region
secondary schools, as well as at Mohawk College and McMaster University on
topics including criminal justice issues, racial discrimination and careers in
law. He has also lectured about police powers and minority youth at George
Brown College. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Block
to preside in Oshawa.

    Madam Justice Manjusha Pawagi was called to the Bar in 1997. Since then
she has practiced family law. She worked as counsel for the Children's Aid
Society (CAS) of Toronto from 1997 to 2004, where she represented the society
in child protection cases in both the Superior Court of Justice and the
Ontario Court of Justice. While with the CAS she also designed and delivered
training for social workers, foster parents and CAS counsel on topics such as
amendments to the Child and Family Services Act, court conduct, and the Human
Rights Code. Later, she served as counsel for the Office of the Children's
Lawyer, where she represented children in child protection and custody and
access cases. She has also acted as mentor to several University of Toronto
law students. Madam Justice Pawagi is also a successful children's author.
Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Pawagi to preside in
Brampton.

    QUOTE

    "The years of experience these new judges bring to the bench will help to
strengthen Ontario's justice system," said Attorney General Chris Bentley. "I
am confident that they will make significant contributions to the Ontario
Court of Justice."

    LEARN MORE

    Read more about the Ontario Court of Justice
(http://www.ontariocourts.on.ca/ocj/en/)

    Read more about the appointment of judges to the Ontario Court of Justice
(http://www.ontariocourts.on.ca/jaac/en/)

    
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For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Ministry of the Attorney
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Attorney General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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