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Two new judges appointed to Ontario Court of Justice

Monday, August 17, 2020 @ 12:51 PM | By John Chunn


Attorney General Doug Downey announced the appointment of Justices Sharon Murphy and W. Vincent Clifford to the Ontario Court of Justice.

According to the Ministry of the Attorney General’s press release, Justice Murphy, whose appointment is effective Aug. 27, was called to the bar in 2002 and worked in private practice, specializing in criminal, child protection and family law. She has also worked as a per diem Crown attorney for the Windsor Crown Attorney’s Office and as per diem duty counsel in both criminal and family courts.

Justice Murphy was a sessional instructor and adjunct professor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law from 2011 to 2017 and was a staff lawyer at a legal clinic operated jointly by Legal Aid Ontario and the University of Windsor.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Murphy to Windsor.

Justice Clifford will be replacing regional senior Justice Jean Legault, effective Sept. 25.

Justice Clifford was called to the bar in 1991 and specialized in criminal law until he was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2017. Following his appointment, the Association of Ontario Judges appointed him co-chair of the East Regional Education Committee.

Justice Clifford was previously a term professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law and served as courthouse administrator of the University of Ottawa’s criminal law courthouse mentorship program.

A regional senior judge of the Ontario Court of Justice exercises the powers, and performs the duties of the chief justice in his or her region, subject to the authority of the chief justice. This includes scheduling court hearings and assigning cases to individual judges.