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Ottawa appoints new associate chief justice for Ontario Superior Court

Monday, December 21, 2020 @ 1:22 PM | By John Chunn


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Dec. 21 announced the appointment of Faye E. McWatt, a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, as the new associate chief justice of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario.

According to a press release from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Associate Chief Justice McWatt replaces Frank N. Marrocco, who retired on Nov. 10, 2020, after 15 years of service as a judge.

“I wish the Honourable Faye E. McWatt every success in her new role as associate chief justice of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. She brings a wealth of experience to the position, with 14 years practising law and 20 years as a judge in Ontario. I am confident Associate Chief Justice McWatt will continue to serve Ontarians well. I also thank the Honourable Frank N. Marrocco for his dedication to Ontarians during his time on the court,” Trudeau is quoted in the PMO press release. 

Associate Chief Justice McWatt was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and immigrated to Canada in 1962.

She received her bachelor of laws (LL.B.) from the University of Ottawa in 1984 and was called to the Ontario bar in 1986. Practising criminal law as a Crown attorney for the province of Ontario, then as a criminal defence lawyer, she rarely spent a day out of the courtroom. In 1995, she was appointed as an agent for the federal Department of Justice and began prosecuting federal narcotics offences.

Associate Chief Justice McWatt acted as counsel before various commissions of inquiry, including the Commission of Inquiry Into the Deployment of Canadian Forces to Somalia. She was a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.

In 2000, Associate Chief Justice McWatt was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, where she has presided over criminal, family and civil law cases.