Goldwyn Arthur Martin

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Goldwyn Arthur Martin
Died(2001-02-26)26 February 2001
Known forCriminal law

Goldwyn Arthur Martin, CC QC (1913 – 26 February 2001) was a justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario and one of the most prominent experts in criminal law in Canada.

Early life and education[edit]

Martin was born in Huntsville, Ontario. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1938, winning the Law Society's Gold Medal.[1]


Martin became a defence lawyer in 1940. During that career, he has never lost a case with any of his 60 clients facing murder charges. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 1973, and retired in 1988.


He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1991 and further promoted to a Companion of that order in 1997. He received Doctor of Laws honorary degrees from the Queen's University and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The Ontario Criminal Lawyers' Association presents the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal for an outstanding contribution to criminal justice.


  1. ^ Hall of Honour, Osgoode Hall
  • Makin, Kirk (1 March 2001). "The law 'was his love and it consumed him' (Goldwyn Arthur Martin obituary)". The Globe and Mail. pp. R8.
  • Carswell: Mr Justice G. Arthur Martin
  • Criminal Lawyers' Association (2012) "Who We Are" Available online at:

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