TORONTO, July 11 /CNW/ -
The province has appointed three judges to the Ontario Court of Justice,
effective July 23, 2008.
Mr. Justice Peter DeFreitas was called to the Bar in 1994. Since then, he
has been a prosecutor for the federal Department of Justice and the Public
Prosecution Service of Canada specializing in criminal and constitutional law.
He has written articles for criminal law publications, and has been active in
continuing legal education activities. He is also very involved in community
projects and fundraising. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned
Justice DeFreitas to preside in Oshawa.
Madam Justice C. Ann Nelson was called to the Bar in 1980 and has
specialized in family law since that time. She helped to organize a
collaborative family law program in Toronto and has represented hundreds of
children as a panel member of the Office of the Children's Lawyer. Madam
Justice Nelson was also a hearing officer for the Ontario Child Abuse Register
and is co-author of a book on child protection law. She has also served as
chair of the Centre for Child and Family Mediation. Chief Justice Annemarie E.
Bonkalo has assigned Justice Nelson to preside in Brampton.
Mr. Justice Graham Wakefield was called to the Bar in 1983. He has been a
sole practitioner since that time, focusing on criminal law. Mr. Justice
Wakefield has been a member of a Legal Aid Ontario area committee, as well as
the Durham Youth Justice Network Committee. He has also served on the boards
of the Durham Region Violence Prevention Coordinating Council and the Barbara
Black Centre for Youth Resources. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has
assigned Justice Wakefield to preside in Oshawa.
"The appointment of these three judges will help to keep our courts
running smoothly and ensure our justice resources are used as effectively as
they can be," said Attorney General Chris Bentley.
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For further information:
For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the
Attorney General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210