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Two new Superior Court judges appointed in Ontario

Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 1:00 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


There are two new members of the bench in Ontario.

Peter G. Bawden, a partner with Rochman Bawden, was named as a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

George A. MacPherson, director general (Eastern District) for Legal Aid Ontario, was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice and a member of the family court in Newmarket. This is a new position authorized under Bill C-44, the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1.

Justice Bawden has worked as a criminal defence attorney in the Greater Toronto Area for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in all types of murder cases, and he has been a speaker on homicide-related topics at Crown educational conferences, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Ontario Police College.

Justice Bawden has served as an instructor and a judge at the Osgoode Hall Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop, as well as a guest editor of the Community Legal Education Manual. He has also been a director of the Toronto Lawyers Association and sat on the area committee of Legal Aid Ontario.

His partner, Justice Christine Pirraglia, presides in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket.

He replaces Justice Bonnie Croll, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Sept. 17, 2017.

Justice MacPherson began his legal career practising family law and child protection law, initially in private practice, before becoming staff counsel at the Ottawa Family Law Office, Legal Aid Ontario. Then, he served as counsel at the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa for seven years before returning to Legal Aid Ontario as manager of legal services for the eastern district. Justice MacPherson was promoted to director general for Legal Aid Ontario’s Eastern District, where he managed the delivery of Legal Aid services in family law, criminal law, immigration and refugee law, and prison law in 16 courthouse locations, three provincial institutions and eight federal institutions.

Justice MacPherson has taught child protection law at the University of Ottawa and advanced civil procedure at Algonquin College. He has also assisted in the production of vignettes to facilitate judicial training at the National Judicial Institute.