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Two new judges appointed to Ontario Court of Justice

Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 10:32 AM | By John Chunn

Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey on Dec. 19 announced the appointment of two new justices to the Ontario Court of Justice.

According to the government’s press release, Justice David McCrae Porter was called to the bar in 1983. He has been a partner at McCarthy Tetrault LLP since 1990 and has specialized in criminal defence and professional discipline prosecution and defence.

Justice Porter was the law society representative on the Ontario Judicial Council for several years and was also the Canadian Bar Association’s representative on the Steering Committee on Justice Efficiencies and Access to the Criminal Justice System. Justice Porter has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School and University of Toronto Law School.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Porter to Toronto effective Dec. 17.

Justice Phillip John Brissette was called to the bar in 2003. He has operated a private practice since 2007, during which time he specialized in criminal defence and public prosecutions and appeared regularly before the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice. Since 2017, he has worked as an assistant Crown attorney in Barrie. Justice Brissette has also worked as a social worker, youth counsellor and youth centre director, in addition to coaching youth hockey and basketball.

Chief Justice Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Brissette to Barrie effective Dec. 26.