New Judges Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice
Ontario has appointed three new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice effective April 25, 2018.
Justice Kevin Kells McCallum was called to the bar in 1988. For over 25 years he has worked as a sole practitioner specializing in criminal law, appearing before both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. Most recently, he has been an agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC), prosecuting Controlled Drugs and Substance Act matters in Halton Region. Justice McCallum was a local defence counsel representative for the Brampton Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, Alternative Resolution Court Committee and Daily Case Management Court. He has also been a speaker at various high schools in Peel Region to discuss the practice of criminal law and the justice system.
Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice McCallum to preside in Brampton.
Justice John North was called to the bar in 1991. He has worked as Crown counsel for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) and Department of Justice (Canada) since 1993, and was promoted to senior Crown counsel in 2002. He has been an active member of the National Prosecution Policy Committee, a group that serves as an advisory and decision-making body on matters that affect the PPSC nationally which are not related to a specific ongoing prosecution or appeal. He has also been a member of the PPSC Ontario Regional Office Appeals Committee, which reviews and makes recommendations on all proposed appeals by the PPSC in Ontario. Justice North served on the board of directors of Alzheimer Society Peel from 2010 to 2016, later becoming the chair of the policy committee and a member of the organizing committee for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Unforgettable Run.
Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice North to preside in Toronto.
Justice Glen Scott Donald was called to the bar in 2002. After nine years with Seabrook, Epstein, Miller & Trudell in London, he took over his mentor’s place in the practice, continuing to focus on criminal law and acting as counsel for police associations. Justice Donald served on the board of directors for Childreach, a non-profit organization that assists parents and educators by providing educational programming and support services. He also has served on the board of directors for London District Distress Centre, which provides supportive listening to those suffering from mental health crises. Previously, he has given presentations on policing’s impact and relationship with the justice sector.
Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Donald to preside in St. Thomas.