New Chief Justice Appointed to Ontario Court of Justice

    TORONTO, March 28 /CNW/ - Attorney General Michael Bryant today announced
the appointment of the Honourable Annemarie Erika Bonkalo as Chief Justice of
the Ontario Court of Justice effective May 4, 2007.
    "I have every confidence in Chief Justice Bonkalo's abilities to lead the
Court with fairness, vigour and integrity," said Bryant. "She has enjoyed a
stellar career, accumulating nearly 30 years of legal and judicial experience
and knowledge which will serve her well as she takes on this significant
    "I have very much enjoyed working with Justice Bonkalo in her different
roles within the Ontario Court of Justice," said Chief Justice Brian W.
Lennox. "With her extensive judicial and administrative experience, she will
serve the public and the justice system of Ontario well in her new role as
Chief Justice."
    Chief Justice Bonkalo received her law degree from Queen's University Law
School and also holds a Masters Degree in Criminology from the University of
Toronto. She was called to the Bar in 1978 and joined the Ministry of the
Attorney General as an assistant Crown attorney in Brampton where she
prosecuted in all levels of court. In 1990, she was appointed as a judge to
what was then the Ontario Provincial Court (Criminal and Family Divisions) and
she presided in Brampton and Toronto. She was a member of the executive of the
Ontario Judges Association, a member of its Constitutional Committee and chair
of its Mentor Committee. Chief Justice Bonkalo also served as the local
administrative judge at the College Park court in downtown Toronto.
    Chief Justice Bonkalo was appointed regional senior judge for the Toronto
region in 2004. She was the Chief Justice's representative on the Judicial
Appointments Advisory Committee. In 2005, she was appointed as Associate Chief
Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice. In that capacity, she sat on a number
of committees including the Ontario Judicial Council, and the Criminal and
Family Rules committees. She was the chair of the Education Secretariat of the
Ontario Court of Justice and a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Judges.
    Chief Justice Bonkalo, the first woman to serve as Chief Justice of the
Ontario Court of Justice, will be sworn-in in Toronto on a date to be named in
the near future. She succeeds Chief Justice Brian W. Lennox who completes his
eight-year term effective May 3, 2007.
    "I want to commend Chief Justice Lennox for his outstanding leadership,
support and dedication to ensuring the justice system remains responsive to
the needs of all Ontarians," said Bryant. "His career has been extraordinary.
He is progressive, collaborative and committed to legal education. His
accomplishments are many and well known."

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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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