PM announces judicial appointments for British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan

Ottawa, Ontario
7 June 2013

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the following appointments:

The Honourable Alexandra Hoy, a judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal, is appointed Associate Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal to replace the Honourable D.R. O’Connor who resigned effective December 31, 2012.

Justice Hoy was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2011.  Prior to this, she served as a judge of the Ontario Superior Court from 2002 to 2011. As a Superior Court Judge, she presided over civil (including estates), family and criminal matters, sat frequently on the Commercial List and also in Divisional Court. In 2006 and 2007, Justice Hoy was one of three judges of the Superior Court in Toronto designated to hear class action matters.

Justice Hoy studied at the University of Alberta, l’Université Laval and York University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in 1975 and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School. Following her call to the Bar of Ontario in 1980, she practiced with Lang Michener (now McMillan LLP) where she represented both public and private corporations, many in the broadcasting, cable, telecommunications and entertainment sectors, on significant corporate and commercial transactions.  During this period, she chaired Lang Michener’s Business Law Group.

The Honourable Frank N. Marrocco, a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, is appointed Associate Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to replace the Honourable J.D. Cunningham who resigned effective October 1, 2012.
Mr. Justice Marrocco was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in 2005. He received a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1970, both from the University of Toronto.  He was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1972 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1985.

Prior to his appointment, he practiced with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Gowlings) from 2001 to 2005, with Smith Lyons Torrance Stevenson & Mayer from 1989 to 2001 and with McFadden Marrocco & Parker from 1972 to 1989.  His main areas of practice were administrative law, civil litigation and immigration law.

Mr. Justice Marrocco has been an active member of the Ontario legal community, including the Law Society of Upper Canada where he served as Bencher from 1995 to 2005 and Treasurer from 2003 to 2005.  He was Chair of the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company from 2002 to 2003.  He authored the Annotated Immigration Act of Canada and the Annotated Citizenship Act of Canada.  He is currently the Co-Chair for Pro Bono Law Ontario.

The Honourable Robert J. Bauman, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, is appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia, with the style and title of Chief Justice of British Columbia and as Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal for the Yukon to replace Chief Justice L. Finch who will retire on June 16, 2013. This appointment is effective June 16, 2013.

Chief Justice Bauman was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in September of 2009. He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1996 and a judge of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia in 2008.

In 2012, Chief Justice Bauman was awarded The Anthony P. Pantages, QC Medal by the Justice Institute of British Columbia and in 2013, he received The 2013 Bench Award from the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia.  Prior to that, Justice Bauman had been a member of the Provincial Attorney General Rules Committee and Chair of the Supreme Court Civil Law Committee.

Chief Justice Bauman completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 1971 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto in 1974. He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1975. Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, he practiced with Bull, Housser & Tupper in Vancouver from 1982 to 1996, with Wilson, Bauman in Kelowna from 1977 to 1981 and with Wilson, King &Co in Prince George from 1974 to1977.

The Honourable Robert G. Richards, a judge of the Court of Appeal of Saskatchewan is appointed Chief Justice of Saskatchewan to replace Chief Justice John Klebuc who will retire effective June 30, 2013. This appointment is effective June 30, 2013.

Chief Justice Richards was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2004.  He completed a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 1979 and a Master of Laws from Harvard University in 1982. He was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1983 and the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1985.

Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal, he was a partner with MacPherson Leslie and Tyerman in Regina from 1991 to 2004 where his main areas of practice centred on public law and appellate matters.  He also served as Director of Constitutional Law and Executive Director of Public Law and Policy for the provincial Department of Justice in Saskatchewan.

Chief Justice Richards has been a Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies since 2011 and is a council member of the International Commission of Jurists. He is a past co-Chair of the National Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. He has authored numerous papers on constitutional law, administrative law and advocacy issues.

Unless otherwise indicated, these appointments are effective immediately.