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New judicial appointments in Ontario

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 2:16 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


After the most recent round of judicial appointments, two members of the Ontario bench have been elevated to new positions and a new judge has been named.

Justice Jill M. Copeland of the Ontario Court of Justice will now sit on the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Justice Michael D. McArthur of the Ontario Court of Justice will also move to the Superior Court of Justice, but in London. Anne London-Weinstein was newly appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

Justice Copeland has presided over criminal and youth court matters in both official languages. Before her appointment, she practised in the areas of criminal, constitutional and administrative law with the firms then known as Ruby & Edwardh and Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP and as counsel to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

From 2007 to 2010, Justice Copeland served as executive legal officer to the chief justice of Canada, acting as principal adviser to the chief justice and assisting with the administration of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian Judicial Council and the National Judicial Institute.

She replaces Justice J. Patrick Moore, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Nov. 8, 2017.

Justice McArthur, who has been presiding in Guelph, Ont. since his initial appointment in March 2017, practised law in Simcoe, Ont. for 30 years. He was a partner at MHN Lawyers LLP and a certified specialist in criminal law by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). In addition to many appearances before the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice, Justice McArthur acted as a federal agent in Norfolk County for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

He replaces Justice Thomas A. Heeney, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Justice London-Weinstein is an experienced defence counsel and criminal lawyer and a partner at Weinstein Law. She is a certified specialist in criminal litigation with the LSUC. Early in her career, she was an assistant Crown attorney in Scarborough, Ont., for two years.

She has been president of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa and regional director of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA). Justice London-Weinstein has also served on the area committee for Legal Aid Ontario.

Justice London-Weinstein taught evidence at the faculty of law at the University of Ottawa as well as trial advocacy. She has presented at “Crown School” and at conferences hosted by organizations such as the Superior Court of Justice Eastern Region, the Ontario Court of Justice Eastern Region conference, the CLA, The Advocates’ Society and the County of Carleton Law Association.

She replaces Justice Michael R. Dambrot, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Dec. 1, 2017.