Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa Appoints Seven New Judges in Ontario

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa Appoints Seven New Judges in Ontario

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New judges appointed in Ontario

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TORONTO - The federal government has appointed seven new judges in Ontario.

They include a former criminal lawyer, a former Crown prosecutor and a former counsel to a child welfare agency.

The appointments come as the justice system deals with vacancies on the bench and pressure to tackle systemic court delays.

In July, five men accused in an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud scheme had all charges against them stayed because of a shortage of judges in Ontario's Superior Court of Justice.

In that case, a judge attempting to set a trial date for the accused said they couldn't come before the courts until at least January 2019 -- a date that would violate a Supreme Court ruling that set firm time limits between when charges are laid and when a matter comes to trial. …

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