New Judges Will Improve Access To Justice In Ontario

    McGuinty Government Paves Way For New Federal Judges To Resolve Family

    TORONTO, July 30 /CNW/ -


    Ontario welcomes the federal government's promise to appoint eight new
federal judges and is ready to put them in place when they are appointed.
    The Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice has the responsibility
to assign judges. It is expected that six new federal judges will be placed in
courts with a high volume of family cases. Two additional Superior Court
judges will likely be appointed to support the Specific Claims Tribunal
(, a newly created independent
federal tribunal to resolve First Nations' specific claims.
    The Superior Court of Justice needs these new judges because of increased
caseload resulting from population growth over the past 15 years. The new
judges will help protect women and children by resolving family cases faster.


    "For over four years, we've asked for 12 new federal judges to relieve
pressure on our family courts," said Attorney General Chris Bentley. "The
promise of eight new federal judges is a good start. As soon as they are
appointed, they will improve access to justice by helping to address delays,
particularly in family courts where vulnerable children and families are


    -  The Superior Court of Justice has jurisdiction over criminal, civil
       and family cases.

    -  The federal government pays the salaries of Superior Court judges; the
       province pays for costs related to administrative support and

    -  The appointment of eight new judges would increase the number of
       regular judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to 231.


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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

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