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New judge appointed to Ontario Court of Justice

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 12:22 PM | By John Chunn

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

According to the Ministry’s press release, Justice Paul Martin Cooper was called to the bar in 1992. He started his legal career as a generalist in litigation, real estate and corporate law, and then changed his focus to criminal law. He has appeared before all levels of Ontario courts and the Supreme Court of Canada.

During his career, Justice Cooper worked as a part-time federal Crown attorney, assisting with prosecutions related to federal statutes. He also worked as an adjudicator with the Law Society Tribunal and then acted as vice-chair of the tribunal.

Justice Cooper has been involved in continuing legal education, including being one of the founding directors of an advocacy organization that provided advocacy and litigation support to address systemic racism and equality issues in the Canadian justice system. Justice Cooper was also a trustee for The Law Foundation of Ontario and a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Cooper to Newmarket.