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Ottawa appoints judge to Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 4:06 PM  

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on June 3 that Maria V. Carroccia, a sole practitioner in Windsor, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. Justice Carroccia fills one of two remaining positions authorized under the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1.

According to the DOJ’s press release, Justice Carroccia was born and raised in Windsor, Ont., and is a first-generation Canadian. Both of her parents were born in Italy and immigrated to Canada. 

Justice Carroccia earned her undergraduate degree in English language and literature in 1984 from the University of Windsor and graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor in 1987. She was called to the bar of Ontario in 1989.

Justice Carroccia started her practice at Gordner Klein and subsequently was a partner in Gordner Carroccia. Since 2001, she has been a sole practitioner. Her practice has focused exclusively on criminal defence work. She was the president of the Windsor-Essex Criminal Lawyers’ Association and in that capacity was involved with a number of committees related to the administration of justice in both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court.

She has been an occasional lecturer at the Faculty of Law in Windsor and has mentored many young lawyers who practise criminal law. She also sits on the Board of the Leone Residence for Women.