Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces judicial appointments in the province of Ontario June 7

The Honorable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the judicial nomination process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Lia M. Bramwell, Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General in Ottawa, is appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Cornwall. Justice Bramwell replaces Justice RT Leroy (Cornwall), who has elected to become a supernumerary judge effective July 9, 2021.

Julie Bergeron, a sole practitioner in Hawkesbury, is appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Cornwall. Justice Bergeron replaces Justice GW Tranmer (Kingston), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective March 28, 2022. The Chief Justice transferred Justice L. Lacelle (Cornwall) to this vacant position. The vacant position is therefore located in Cornwall.

Jaye Hooper, a partner at Hooper Litigation in Ottawa, is appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Pembroke. Justice Hooper replaces Justice M. James (Pembroke), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective February 13, 2022.

Ian M. Carter, a partner at Bayne Sellar Ertel Carter in Ottawa, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Ottawa. Justice Carter replaces Justice SJ Kershman (Ottawa), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective January 31, 2022.

Sharon E. Hassan, Managing Partner at Hassan Law in London, is appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, Family Court Division, in London. Justice Hassan replaces Justice V. Mitrow (London), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective February 1, 2022.

Quotation

“I wish Justices Bramwell, Bergeron, Hooper, Carter and Hassan every success in their new roles. I am confident that they will serve the people of Ontario well as members of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

-The deputy. David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Biographies

Justice Lia M. Bramwell grew up in the St. Thomas area and attended Central Elgin Collegiate Institute. She received a BA (Hons.) from McMaster University in 1993 and an LL.B. from the University of Windsor in 1997. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1999.

Justice Bramwell worked in high school, university and law school in a variety of settings with people with physical and developmental disabilities. She practiced civil litigation in Toronto before becoming an Assistant Crown Attorney, first in Toronto and then in Ottawa. For more than 20 years, she prosecuted criminal cases in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She has frequently contributed to the legal education of Crown prosecutors, police officers, defense attorneys, law students and high school students. She was a member of the Ottawa Committee of the Ontario Justice Education Network.

Justice Bramwell has been a mentor through the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General’s Crown Mentorship Program and the University of Ottawa’s Courthouse Mentorship Program. She was a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Ontario Crown Attorneys Association and a member of the Board of Immigrant Women’s Services of Ottawa. She has also volunteered with the Community Harvest program for the Ottawa Food Bank.

In her spare time, Justice Bramwell enjoys spending time with her two children and her husband, traveling and spending time in the beautiful nature of Ottawa and the surrounding area.

Justice Julie Bergeron was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2000. She founded her own law firm under the name L’Etude juridique Julie Bergeron in her hometown of Hawkesbury. Her law practice focused primarily on the areas of family law and real estate law. During her career, she has also served as an officer for the Family Responsibility Office, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Transportation, the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. She has also acted in municipal and criminal law matters and represented the interests of Ontario municipalities. Since 2019, she has been a deputy judge at the Small Claims Court.

In her practice, Justice Bergeron has argued cases in English and French before the trial courts, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She received the Heidi Levenson Polowin Award in 2018 and was named Special Patron of Cornwall Children’s Treatment Centre.

Judge Bergeron has also been involved in her community. She was a member of the Prescott and Russell Superior Court of Justice Liaison Committee, a member of the board of directors of Center York Centre, a supervised access center, and a member of the ad hoc family law committee of the Association of Jurists. French-speaking people from Ontario.

Justice Jaye Hooper was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. After earning her undergraduate degree in international relations, she earned her law degree from the University of Windsor. Throughout her time at Windsor Law, she was involved in community legal aid, becoming the finance director in her senior year. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2001.

Justice Hooper spent most of her career with a specialty litigation firm in Ottawa before establishing her own firm, Hooper Litigation, in 2015. She has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of litigation, including personal injury, employment, professional negligence, commercial litigation. , and construction law. She has acted as trial and appellate counsel in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

In addition to her practice, Justice Hooper has been active in the Ontario legal community. She is Past President of the County of Carleton Law Association and Past President of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations. She has been a frequent speaker at various legal conferences. In 2021, she contributed to the book Autonomous Vehicles: Self-Driving Cars and the Law of Canada.

Justice Hooper enjoys writing, spending time at the family cabin and travelling. She and her husband, Paul, are very proud of their four exceptional children.

Justice Ian M. Carter was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. He obtained his BA from McGill University in 1995 and then worked as a television journalist for several years before completing his LL.B. at Queen’s University in 2002.

Justice Carter clerked at the British Columbia Court of Appeal after graduation. He then practiced criminal and civil law in Vancouver before joining Bayne Sellar Boxall in Ottawa in 2008. His practice has focused primarily on criminal law. He has conducted trials in several provinces and argued numerous appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to criminal defense, he has developed a practice of representing plaintiffs in sexual assault cases.

Justice Carter has published articles on criminal law issues and has lectured frequently in legal and judicial education programs. As a member of the executive of the National Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Bar Association for many years, including as chair from 2018 to 2019, he made representations at Senate committee hearings and parliamentarians on bills. He was the 2014 recipient of the Regional Senior Justice Award, given to a member of the County of Carleton Law Association who has made an outstanding contribution as a litigator or attorney.

Justice Carter, an avid skier and mountain biker, enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Justice Sharon E. Hassan is a first-generation Dutch farmer, born in Meaford, Ontario, on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay. From there, she pursued her first love – horses – at Humber College, Equine Studies. A summer job at a local law firm sparked her interest in law, and she went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Guelph and her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Ontario.

Justice Hassan began her career at Aston Berg Kennedy & Morrissey in London, where her mentor, David Aston (now Justice Aston), inspired a passion and respect for family law, which she followed for the next 29 years. In 1998, she joined her husband, Hamoody Hassan, in his firm, Hassan Law, where she practiced primarily family law and was passionate about mentoring students and young lawyers.

Justice Hassan’s commitment to community service began in law school, where she received the Greta Grant Award for Community Legal Service. She continued to serve her community through her support and involvement with many organizations including the Canadian Hearing Society, London Abused Women’s Centre, Indwell London and Forest City Community Church.

Justice Hassan and his wife are the proud parents of a 19-year-old daughter and Hamoody’s two children, who work alongside her at Hassan Law. In her spare time, she can be found skating on the ponds or walking the paths of the pretty creeks bordering her home in south London.

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