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Two judicial appointments for Ontario Superior Court

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 2:00 PM | By John Chunn


Justice Canada announced the following judicial appointments in Ontario on March 8:

Janet Leiper, a sole practitioner at Janet Leiper Law, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. She replaces Justice Edward P. Belobaba (Toronto), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Kelly C. Tranquilli, a partner at Lerners LLP, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. She replaces Justice Johanne N. Morisette (London), who resigned effective July 3, 2018.

According to the Justice Canada press release, Justice Leiper graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1985 and was called to the bar in Ontario in 1987 practising criminal and public law. Inspired by the mentorship of others, she has served as a mentor and sponsor and has been a frequent writer and contributor to law school faculties, licensing and continuing legal education.

Over the years, Justice Leiper has served as a part-time assistant Crown attorney, as a legal member, alternate chair and counsel to the Ontario Review Board, alternate chair to the Nunavut Review Board, chair of Legal Aid Ontario, part-time commissioner of the Ontario Securities Commission and elected bencher, Law Society of Ontario. Justice Leiper implemented the Osgoode Public Interest Requirement, the first of its kind in Canada. From 2009-2014, she served as Toronto’s Integrity Commissioner.

She has been associated with a number of fine law chambers, most recently Bedford Chambers and Courtyard Chambers. Her time spent as a partner with Sydney Ford Clements serves as a highlight to her legal career, as was her partner’s appointment to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2004.

She is a recipient of the Laura Legge award from the Law Society of Upper Canada and is the SOAR Medal recipient, along with Valerie Jepson, Toronto’s current Integrity Commissioner.

In 2018-2019, Justice Leiper served as inquiry counsel as part of a dedicated team of colleagues for the Collingwood Judicial Inquiry.

Justice Tranquilli received her bachelor of journalism (Honours) from Carleton University. After briefly working in journalism and communications, she earned her law degree with distinction at Western University, where she received numerous academic awards including civil procedure, tort law, estate law, labour law and legal writing. She received the Ted McGrath award for criminal procedure at her call to the bar in 1998.  

Justice Tranquilli practised civil litigation at Lerners LLP in London, where she was a partner from 2008 until her appointment. Her practice included medical malpractice and personal injury litigation, insurance, appellate law and professional regulation. She remained engaged in legal education, teaching insurance law at Western University Law School for several years and chairing and contributing to continuing legal education programs through the Middlesex Law Association and The Advocates’ Society.

She is dedicated to her community, serving as chair of the London Health Sciences Foundation and on the board of directors of the Grand Theatre. Justice Transquilli and her husband Fred are proud parents of three sons who are always quick to point out when their parents are taking themselves too seriously.