Court of Appeal for Ontario

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Court of Appeal for Ontario
Established 1867
Country Ontario, Canada
Location Osgoode Hall, Toronto
Authorized by Ontario Courts of Justice Act
Number of positions 23 (plus supernumeraries)
Website [1]
Chief Justice
Currently George Strathy

The Court of Appeal for Ontario (frequently referred to as Ontario Court of Appeal or OCA) is headquartered in downtown Toronto, in historic Osgoode Hall.

The Court is composed of 23 judges who hear over 1,500 appeals each year, on issues of private law, constitutional law, criminal law, administrative law, and other matters. The Supreme Court of Canada hears appeals from less than 3% of the decisions of the Court of Appeal; in a very practical sense, the Court of Appeal is the last avenue of appeal for most litigants in Canada's most populous province.[1] Among the Court of Appeal's most notable decisions was a 2003 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Ontario, making Canada the first jurisdiction in the world where same-sex marriage was legalized by a court ruling. Among many judges from the Court who have been elevated to the Supreme Court of Canada are Justices Rosalie Abella, Louise Arbour, Peter Cory, Louise Charron, Andromache Karakatsanis, Bora Laskin, Michael Moldaver and Bertha Wilson. Justice Bertha Wilson was the first female justice on both the Ontario Court of Appeal (1975) and the Supreme Court of Canada (1982).

The court derives its jurisdiction from Ontario's Courts of Justice Act.

Current Justices[edit]

An OCA courtroom at Osgoode Hall. Over the dais is the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom, which until 1931 was the Royal Arms for general purposes throughout the British Empire. The Statute of Westminster, 1931 effectively elevated the Royal Arms of Canada to the position of the Queen's Royal Arms for general purposes across Canada, which is why the Canadian Coat of Arms are now used by the court to represent the Canadian Crown.
Position Name Appointed Nominated by Position Prior to Appointment*
Chief Justice George Strathy 13 June 2014
26 April 2013
Harper Ontario Court of Appeal
Superior Court of Justice
Associate Chief Justice Alexandra Hoy 7 June 2013
2 December 2011
Harper Ontario Court of Appeal
Superior Court of Justice
Justice Mary Lou Benotto 8 November 2013 Harper Superior Court of Justice
Justice David Brown 16 December 2014 Harper Superior Court of Justice
Justice Eleanore A. Cronk 31 July 2001 Chrétien Lawyer at Lax O'Sullivan Cronk LLP
Justice David H. Doherty 1 September 1990 Mulroney Superior Court of Justice
Justice Gloria J. Epstein 12 October 2007 Harper Superior Court of Justice
Justice Kathryn N. Feldman 11 June 1998 Chrétien Superior Court of Justice
Justice Eileen E. Gillese 5 January 2002 Chrétien Superior Court of Justice
Justice C. William Hourigan 2 October 2013 Harper Superior Court of Justice
Justice Grant Huscroft 16 December 2014 Harper Professor, Western Law School
Justice John I. Laskin 27 January 1994 Chrétien Lawyer at Davies Ward & Beck LLP
Justice Peter Lauwers 14 December 2012 Harper Superior Court of Justice
Justice James C. MacPherson 25 May 1999 Chrétien Superior Court of Justice
Justice Gladys Pardu 8 November 2013 Harper Superior Court of Justice
Justice Sarah Pepall 10 April 2012 Harper Superior Court of Justice
Justice Paul Rouleau 15 April 2005 Martin Superior Court of Justice
Justice Janet M. Simmons 23 August 2000 Chrétien Superior Court of Justice
Justice Michael Tulloch 30 June 2012 Harper Superior Court of Justice
Justice Katherine van Rensburg 2 October 2013 Harper Superior Court of Justice
Justice David Watt 12 October 2007 Harper Superior Court of Justice
Supernumerary Justice Robert A. Blair 5 November 2003 Chrétien Superior Court of Justice
Supernumerary Justice Russell G. Juriansz 12 March 2004 Martin Superior Court of Justice
Supernumerary Justice Harry S. Laforme 19 November 2004 Martin Superior Court of Justice
Supernumerary Justice Jean L. MacFarland 19 November 2004 Martin Superior Court of Justice
Supernumerary Justice Marc Rosenberg 12 December 1995 Chrétien Assistant Deputy Attorney General
(Public Law and Policy Division and Civil Law Division)
Supernumerary Justice Robert J. Sharpe 25 May 1999 Chrétien Superior Court of Justice
Supernumerary Justice Karen M. Weiler 12 March 1992 Mulroney Superior Court of Justice

Chief Justices of Ontario[edit]

Number Name Years
21 George R. Strathy 2014-
20 Warren K. Winkler 2007-2013
19 R.Roy McMurtry 1996-2007
18 Charles Leonard Dubin 1990-1996
17 William Goldwin Carrington Howland 1977-1990
16 Willard Zebedee Estey 1976-1977
15 George Alexander Gale 1967-1976
14 Dana Harris Porter 1958-1967
13 John Wellington Pickup 1952-1957
12 Robert Spelman Robertson 1938-1952
11 Newton Wesley Rowell 1936-1938
10 William Mulock 1923-1936
9 William Ralph Meredith 1912-1923
8 Charles Moss 1902-1912
7 John Douglas Armour 1900-1902
6 George William Burton 1897-1900
5 John Hawkins Hagarty 1884-1897
4 John Godfrey Spragge­ 1881-1884
3 Thomas Moss 1878-1881
2 Robert Alexander Harrison[note 1] 1875-1878
1 William Buell Richards[note 1] 1868-1875

Past Justices[edit]

Chief Justice of Upper Canada[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Of the Court of Queen's Bench

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Court of Appeal for Ontario". Ontariocourts.on.ca. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 

External links[edit]