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Ontario appoints new associate chief justice for Court of Justice

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 9:45 AM | By John Chunn

The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General announced the appointment of a new associate chief justice to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective June 3, 2021.

Justice Aston J. Hall replaces Justice Peter J. DeFreitas.

According to the Ministry’s press release, Associate Chief Justice Hall is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, where he received his bachelor of laws and master of laws. He was called to the bar in 1995 and appointed as a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in 2011. From 2015 to 2017, he was the local administrative judge for the Scarborough courthouse. During this time, he was the chairman of the Operations Committee, supported in the creation of a specialized court for Indigenous people, and developed a program for Black History Month to celebrate diversity and the contributions of African Canadians in the development of Canada.

In 2017, Associate Chief Justice Hall was appointed regional senior judge for the Toronto Region. He supervised sitting judges and justices of the peace and provided judicial oversight to the amalgamation of the new Toronto courthouse and Toronto Region Bail Centre. As regional senior judge, he continued to be an active leader and a member of numerous judicial committees that created change, promoted diversity and modernized Ontario’s court system.