Canada’s Attorney General and Attorney General Announces Court Appointments for Ontario

OTTAWA, ONMay 19, 2022 /CNW/ – The Honorable David LamettiMinister of Justice and Attorney General of Canadatoday announced the following appointments as part of the judicial appointment process initiated in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit and the diversity of Canadians, and aims to ensure the appointment of lawyers who embody the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Farting. J.Osbornepartner at Lenczner Slaght LLP in Torontois appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of theOntario until Toronto† Justice Osborne replaces Judge AJC O’Marra (Toronto) who have chosen to become a redundant judge with effect from 22 May 2021.

Susan FraserSenior Counsel at Fraser Advocacy in Torontois appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of theOntario until New market† Justice Fraser replaces Judge MK McKelvey (New market), which has chosen to be effective as of 1 . to become a supernumerary judgeer January 2022.

Robert CentaManaging Partner at Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP in Torontois appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of theOntario until Toronto† Justice Centa replaces Judge GA Hainey (Toronto), who passed away on October 6, 2021.

Amelia M. Daurioa sole proprietorship at AMD Law in Etobicokeis appointed as a judge of the court of the family in the Superior Court of Justice of theOntario until New market† Judge Daurio replaces Judge RP Kaufman (New market), who have chosen to become a redundant judge with effect from June 30, 2021.


“I wish Justices Osborne, Fraser, Centa and Daurio every success in their new roles. I am convinced that they are the people of theOntario as members of the Supreme Court of Ontario. †

— The Honorable David LamettiMinister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


Judge Peter. J.Osborne was born and raised in Toronto† He received a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University in 1987 and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990. He was admitted to the BarOntario in 1992.

Justice Osborne began his career at Goodmans, spent the past 28 years at Lenczner Slaght and has been a partner in that office since 2000. His extensive legal practice has focused on commercial and insolvency matters, shareholder rights and governance, as well as professional discipline litigation and defense cases.

Justice Osborne was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Director of the Advocates Society. Recognizing the importance of contributing to the profession, he mentored young lawyers, taught advocacy for years at Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Torontogave the bar admission course Ontario and in Newfoundland andlabrador, and has participated in numerous legal education programs. He has been recognized several times by Chambers and Lexpert (notably in the Guide to The Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers, Top 40 under 40 and Guide to Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada from Lexpert), among others.

Judge Osborne and his wife, Christine, live in Toronto and are the very proud parents of three children, James, Laura and Michael, with whom they have been fortunate enough to travel much of the world, and to whom they have passed on their love for the Canadian North, who deserves to be discovered in a cedar canoe.

Justice Susan Fraser was born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. She and her two sisters grew up in Thornhillin Ontario, by principled, cheerful, hard-working parents. She received a Bachelor of Arts and Science from McMaster University in 1990, a law degree from the University Western Ontario in 1993 and was admitted to the Bar ofOntario in 1995.

In 2000, after working in a small business, Justice Fraser founded Fraser Advocacy, a public-law law firm dedicated to mental health and advancing the rights of vulnerable people. She has argued at all levels of the court in Canada, before the Ontario Review Board and other courts. She has had the privilege of representing families, the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth of theOntario and agencies at inquests numerous coroners. She has represented families and organizations in several public inquiries, including the Gillese Public Inquiry into the safety of residents of long-term care facilities in Ontario and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Justice Fraser enjoys teaching and regularly contributes to legal education. She taught mental health law and policy at the Faculty of Health and Critical Disability Studies at York University, and psychiatry and law at Osgoode Hall Law School. She was the volunteer director of Sound Times Support Services, a member-driven consumer/survival initiative that provides mental health and substance abuse treatment in the center Toronto

Along with her partner Mike and her boyfriend Ted, Judge Fraser co-parents their three wonderful teenage children.

Judge Robert Centa obtained the gold medal at the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto in 1999. He had previously received a Bachelor of Arts from York University in 1996. After clerking for the judges of the Court of Appeals of theOntariohe was admitted to the bar ofOntario in 2001.

Judge Centa was a managing partner at Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein, where he specialized in public law and commercial litigation. In 2014 he received the medal Douglas K. Laidlaw for excellence in advocacy. As part of his practice, he regularly represented universities and public institutions. He also served as chief advisor for the Boardwalk Inquiry Red Hill Valley (judge Herman Wilton SiegelCommissioner), as well as counsel to the Pediatric Forensic Pathology Commission of Inquiry in Ontario (judge Stephen GoudgeCommissioner) and the independent review of the Motherisk Hair Testing Program (The Honorable Susan LangCommissioner).

Justice Centa has volunteered with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Human Rights Watch, the Advocates’ Society and many individuals. He has written and lectured on evidentiary law, civil procedural law and the intersection of business and family disputes. Throughout his career, he taught advocacy and legal ethics at the University of Toronto† In 2008 he received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for his volunteer work.

Judge Centa is a passionate supporter of women’s basketball and his beloved Raptors of Toronto† He lives in Toronto and is very proud of his two sons.

Judge Amelia M. Daurio earned a Bachelor of Arts from university Western Ontario in 2001 and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2004. She was admitted to the Bar ofOntario in 2005.

As a law student, Justice Daurio gained experience in a poverty law clinic and the Family Responsibility Office. She went on to join the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) and practiced law for a child welfare agency for 11 years before entering private practice where she had the opportunity to expand her knowledge and skills as a litigator.

Judge Daurio has served as an OCL panelist, an officer in the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, and director of legal services at Luke’s Place. Her experience and training address a number of complex and emerging issues, including family violence, mental health issues, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and intersecting systemic issues, including poverty, racism against blacks and the impact of child welfare on Indigenous communities. She was a board member of the York Region Law Association, the Family Lawyers Association and the Durham Region Law Association. Justice Daurio has also spent many hours on pro bono activities, presented at conferences and supported students and young lawyers through coaching and mentoring.

Quick Facts

  • Since November 2015, more than 530 judges have been appointed to a higher court. These exceptional lawyers testify to the diversity that the Canada† More than half of these judges are women, and these appointments indicate greater representation of visible minorities, indigenous peoples, members of LGBTQ2+ communities and people with disabilities.
  • the government of Canada is committed to promoting access to justice for all Canadians. To improve outcomes for Canadian families, Budget 2018 provides $77.2 million over four years to support the expansion of Unified Family Courts from 2019-2020. This investment in the family justice system will create 39 new judge positions in albertain OntarioNova Scotia and Newfoundland andlabrador
  • Federal judicial appointments are made by the Governor General, acting on the advice of the Federal Cabinet and on the recommendation of the Secretary of State. Justice
  • Judicial Advisory Committees across the country play a vital role in reviewing judicial candidates. There are 17 Judicial Advisory Committees representing all provinces and territories.
  • Important reforms have been made to the role and structure of the Judicial Advisory Committees: announced on October 20, 2016 to increase the independence and transparency of the process.
  • the government of Canada is committed to promoting a justice system that adjudicates sexual assault cases fairly, free from the influence of myth and stereotypes, and treats survivors with dignity and compassion. The changes made to the Judges Act and with criminal code which took effect on May 6, 2021 means that, in order to be eligible for appointment to a provincial superior court, candidates must agree to participate in continuing education on issues related to the Sexual Violence Act and the social context, including systemic racism and discrimination. The adoption of the amendments improves the transparency of decisions; the criminal code now requires judges to provide or record written reasons when hearing assault cases.

SOURCE Department of Justice Canada

For more information: For more information, the media can contact: Chantalle Aubertin, Press Attaché, Cabinet of the Minister of Justice, [email protected] † Media Relations, Department of Justice Canada, 613-957-4207, [email protected]

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