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Seven new judicial appointments for Ontario

Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 3:20 PM | By John Chunn


Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on May 19 announced the following judicial moves and appointments for the province of Ontario:

Thomas A. Heeney, regional senior judge for the Southwest Region of the Superior Court of Justice, is transferred back to the regular complement in Woodstock, effective June 1, 2017.

Bruce G. Thomas, a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Chatham, is appointed regional senior judge for the Southwest Region to replace Justice Heeney, effective June 1, 2017.

Patrick J. Monahan, deputy attorney general for the province of Ontario, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. He replaces Justice Gary Trotter, who was elevated to the Court of Appeal for Ontario on Oct. 19, 2016.

M.J. Lucille Shaw, a partner with Miller Maki LLP in Sudbury, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Brampton. She replaces Justice Patricia Hennessy (Sudbury), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective April 10, 2017. The chief justice has transferred this position to Brampton.

Heather J. Williams, a partner with Cavanagh Williams LLP in Ottawa, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa. She replaces Justice Timothy Ray, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective April 8, 2017.

Lise G. Favreau, general counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. She replaces Justice Laurence Pattillo, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Jan. 30, 2017.

Michelle O'Bonsawin, general counsel with the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group in Ottawa, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa. She replaces Justice Paul B. Kane, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective April 27, 2017.

Julie Audet, a senior family lawyer at ALT Divorce in Ottawa and Embrun, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice and a member of the family court in Ottawa. She replaces  Justice Adriana Doyle, whom the chief justice has transferred into a general complement position

Hélène C. Desormeau, a partner at Desormeau & Giggey LLP in Cornwall, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice and a member of the family court in Cornwall. She replaces Justice Johanne Lafrance-Cardinal, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective April 22, 2017.