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Ontario Court of Justice appoints three new judges

Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 3:29 PM | By Elisa Birnbaum


Ontario has appointed three new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective March 1, 2017.

Justice Norman Douglas Boxall was called to the bar in 1980 and has practised criminal law for 37 years, appearing in all levels of court. He's also been designated as special advocate by the minister of Justice. Justice Boxall has been a member of Legal Aid Ontario's criminal law advisory board, president of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa and president of the Criminal Lawyers' Association. Justice Boxall coached youth soccer for nine years with the Ottawa Internationals Soccer Club. For 12 years he sat on the board of the City of Ottawa Ringette Association, ultimately becoming board president. Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Boxall to preside in Ottawa.

Justice Walter Vincent Clifford was called to the bar in 1991. Over a 26-year career, Justice Clifford has represented individuals in hundreds of trials, including more than 15 homicide cases in the eastern Ontario region. In 2008, Justice Clifford was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) as a specialist in criminal law. In 2010 and 2011, Justice Clifford provided training in the Mexican state of Yucatan, as part of a binational initiative aimed at developing an adversarial system of criminal justice in Mexico. Justice Clifford has been a term professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law since 2010. He has also lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School, Queen's University Faculty of Law, Carleton University and Algonquin College and has given talks at Ottawa high schools and professional associations. Justice Clifford has also coached youth soccer and has participated in the Ottawa Marathon. Chief Justice Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Clifford to preside in Ottawa.

Justice Marlyse Dumel was called to the bar in 2002. Justice Dumel has been with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada since 2004. In addition to conducting criminal prosecutions, her work has included developing training materials and providing training and support for police. Justice Dumel has served as secretary of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada's national prosecution policy committee and as a member of its national employment equity committee. Justice Dumel is a founding member of the Afro-Caribbean Cotillion, where she mentors young women in job search, resumé writing and youth and the law sessions. She also volunteers with the University of Ottawa's Programme pré-doit, leading an introduction to criminal law session, and is a mentor with the LSUC and the University of Ottawa's women's legal mentorship program. Chief Justice Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Dumel to preside in Ottawa.