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Feds promote judge to Court of Appeal for Ontario

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 10:44 AM | By John Chunn


The federal Department of Justice on June 27 announced that Julie A. Thorburn, a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, is appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and a judge ex officio of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, effective Sept. 2, 2019. Justice Thorburn will fill the future vacancy of Justice Paul Rouleau, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Sept. 1, 2019.

Justice Thorburn was appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario in September 2006.  She hears civil and criminal law proceedings in English and French and is the team lead for Ontario’s Divisional Court.

Justice Thorburn is a graduate of l’Université de Montréal (Bac. Int. Chant) and Queen’s University (LL.B). She has a Certificat en droit international privé from The Hague Academy of International Law and an A.R.C.T. in Performance Piano, and she was silver medallist in voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Justice Thorburn was a law clerk with the Supreme Court of Ontario. She joined Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, where she was a partner, department head and member of the executive committee. She was chair of the Ontario Bar Association media and communications law section and a member of the litigation committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.

She is past president of the International Association of Women Judges, Canadian Chapter, and is now a member of its international board of directors. She also served as a director of the Ontario Superior Court Judges Association.

She has been a sessional lecturer on Civil Procedure Workshops at Osgoode Hall Law School, an arbitrator selected by the American Film Marketing Association and a French language mediator. She served as director of charitable corporations such as Tafelmusik and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Justice Thorburn co-authored the Report to the Attorney General of Ontario Enhancing Access to Justice in French (2015), and she is a regular speaker with l’Association des juristes d’expression francaise de l’Ontario.