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Ottawa promotes one judge, appoints three others in Ontario

Monday, November 05, 2018 @ 9:10 AM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice on Nov. 2 announced the promotion of one jurist and the appointments of three others for the province of Ontario:

James Stribopoulos, a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Brampton. He replaces Justice D.G. Price, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective July 30, 2018.

Michael T. Doi, a legal director with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Brampton. He fills a new position created under Bill C-74, the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1.

Erika Chozik, a sole practitioner, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Brampton. She also fills a new position created under Bill C-74.

Susanne Boucher, senior general counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. She replaces Justice Alison Harvison Young, who was appointed to the Court of Appeal of Ontario on Aug. 29, 2018.

Justice Stribopoulos earned a B.A. from York University and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Called to the Ontario bar in 1996, he briefly practised criminal law before attending Columbia Law School, where he earned an LL.M. and graduated as a James Kent scholar. After a further period in practice, Justice Stribopoulos returned to Columbia, where he obtained his doctorate in law (J.S.D.).

In September 2013, Justice Stribopoulos was appointed a judge of the Court of Justice, presiding in Brampton. As a judge, he has been active in a variety of case management initiatives. He is also a founding member of the Peel Indigenous Education Committee.

Before being appointed a judge, Justice Stribopoulos was the associate dean and an associate professor at Osgoode Hall. At Osgoode, he taught courses and seminars focused on criminal justice and the litigation process. He was also the academic director of the law school’s part-time LL.M. program specializing in criminal law and procedure. Since becoming a judge, Justice Stribopoulos has remained active in legal education. He continues to teach at Osgoode as an adjunct professor. He also helps organize — and regularly gives presentations at — continuing legal education programs for both judges and lawyers, both within Ontario and across Canada.

Justice Stribopoulos has published extensively over the years, with a particular focus on the Charter’s impact on the criminal justice system. More recently, he co-authored Criminal Procedure in Canada, 2nd edition (LexisNexis, 2018), and co-edited To Ensure that Justice is Done: Essays in Memory of Marc Rosenberg (Thomson Reuters, 2017).

Justice Doi obtained a B.A. in history and political science from the Royal Military College of Canada, an LL.B. from the University of Windsor, an LL.M. from the University of London (London School of Economics), and a juris doctor from the University of Detroit. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1995.

Prior to his appointment, he served with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, most recently as director of the Financial Services Commission Legal Branch. He also served as deputy director-litigation at the Community Safety and Correctional Services Legal Branch and before that as counsel with the Constitutional Law Branch. Before joining the Ministry, he practised with a firm in Toronto, and before that served as a military lawyer.

Over the course of his career, he has volunteered with several legal and community organizations including as president of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (Ontario); chair of the Prosecutors’ Network at The Advocates’ Society; vice-chair of the Momiji Health Care Society; and vice-president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (Toronto). He also has taught constitutional law at Osgoode Hall and at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

Justice Chozik earned a B.A. (with distinction) from the University of Toronto in 1991 and graduated from the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, in 1995. She was called to the Ontario bar in 1997. Prior to her appointment, Justice Chozik practised principally in the area of criminal law, as both a Crown counsel and a defence lawyer. While her practice in recent years focused primarily on appellate work, Justice Chozik has appeared in all levels of court.

Throughout her legal career, Justice Chozik has been devoted to helping vulnerable individuals gain access to justice. She has served in numerous leadership roles for different volunteer organizations, most recently as the vice-chair of the Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Program. In this role, Justice Chozik has helped many incarcerated and unrepresented individuals pursue their appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has also volunteered with Pro Bono Ontario’s Education Law Project, representing children who are facing expulsion or suspension from school.

As a young girl, Justice Chozik fled to Canada with her family as a refugee from the former Soviet Union. She is a passionate believer in Canada and everything it offers to new Canadians and the world. While she now makes her home in Toronto, she has also lived in Montreal, Kingston and North Bay.

Justice Boucher obtained her LL.B. (1996) and LL.M. (2002) from Osgoode Hall. After her call to the Ontario bar in 1998, she practised for a year as defence counsel before joining the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC). Justice Boucher’s career with the PPSC involved the full range of criminal practice, including the prosecution of complex drug and Criminal Code cases, and the conduct of appeals in provincial and territorial appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Boucher worked as counsel with the PPSC in Ontario (1999-2005), in Nunavut (2005-2012), and in the Northwest Territories (2012-2018), where she served as chief federal prosecutor from 2016 to 2018. In 2018, she returned to Toronto after being appointed to the position of senior general counsel with the Ontario Regional Office. Justice Boucher’s time in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories provided her with valuable experience working with the Indigenous peoples and communities of the North.

Justice Boucher regularly contributes to educational programs for the legal profession. She teaches yearly at the PPSC’s School for Prosecutors and at law society programs on a wide variety of constitutional, substantive, procedural, ethical and advocacy topics. She is the author of a search and seizure text and several papers published in professional development programs. She has also done significant volunteer work with the Law Societies of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, and served as a council member for the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, working on professional standards and insurance issues.