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New senior regional judge appointed to Ontario Court of Justice

Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 12:21 PM | By John Chunn

The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General announced the appointment of a new regional senior justice to the Ontario Court of Justice.

Justice Sandra Bacchus will be replacing regional senior Justice Aston Hall, in the Toronto region, effective June 3, 2021.

According to the government’s news release, in 2011, Justice Bacchus was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice (Toronto Region). Since her appointment, Justice Bacchus has sat on various committees including chair of the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) Toronto committee (2013–2016), the National Judicial Institute’s (NJI) Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Video committee and various New Toronto Courthouse subcommittees.

From 2014 to 2017, Justice Bacchus served on the Association of Ontario Judges as a Toronto region representative. In 2016 and 2017, Justice Bacchus served as education co-chair for the Toronto Regional Seminar. From 2018 to 2021, Justice Bacchus served as local administrative judge at Metro North Court (Toronto). Throughout her tenure as a local administrative judge, Justice Bacchus worked to implement measures designed to improve local court operations and encourage stakeholder engagement.

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.