John Josiah Robinette
|John Josiah Robinette|
November 20, 1906|
|Died||November 18, 1996(aged 89)|
|Alma mater||University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School|
|Awards||Order of Canada
Order of Ontario
Born in Toronto, Ontario, he received a B.A. in political science from the University of Toronto in 1926. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the bar in 1929.
He joined the Toronto firm of McCarthy & McCarthy (now McCarthy Tetrault) in 1949 and stayed until his retirement in the early 90s.
He became renowned as a barrister and was lead counsel in a number of prominent cases. In 1947, he appealed and eventually won the case of Evelyn Dick after her conviction of the murder in 1946. In 1952 he unsuccessfully defended the notorious bank robbers, The Boyd Gang. He was lead counsel in the Patriation Reference before the Supreme Court of Canada. Robinette was also hired by opponents of the cancelled Spadina Expressway in 1971 to make their case at the Ontario Municipal Board.
He was appointed King's Counsel in 1944.
From 1958 until 1962 he was treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
- "Oxford Cup Roll Nº 011". Beta Theta Pi International Fraternity. Retrieved April 7, 2005.
- George Finlayson (2003). John J Robinette Peerless Mentor: An Appreciation. Dundurn Press. ISBN 1-55002-463-9.
- Alex Chapple (Director), Dennis Foon, Marjorie Freeman Campbell (book) (2002). Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story (Film). Canada: Shaftesbury Films Inc.
|Chancellor of Trent University