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Feds appoint judge to Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 3:34 PM | By John Chunn

The Department of Justice announced on March 6 that Marc E. Smith, a partner at Forget Smith Barristers in Ottawa, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. 

Justice Smith replaces Justice Robert N. Beaudoin (Ottawa), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Sept. 9, 2019.

According to the government’s press release, Justice Smith was the co-founder and principal of the law firm Forget Smith, a civil litigation firm with offices in Ottawa and Toronto. He obtained a business administration degree in 1991 and an LL.B. in 1994 (French common law), both from the University of Ottawa. He was called to the bar in 1996.

Justice Smith’s litigation practice specialized in dealing with insurance-related issues, personal injury, commercial disputes and professional negligence. He has argued cases in both official languages before the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Licence Appeal Tribunal and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

In 2018, Justice Smith was appointed to the Attorney General’s Access to Justice in French Advisory Committee, a permanent committee providing advice and guidance to the Attorney General of Ontario on strategies related to access to justice in French. That same year, he was appointed president of a subcommittee responsible for assessing the lack of bilingual services offered in French by lawyers and paralegals.