New judge appointed here

The province has appointed a new judge to the Ontario Court of Justice in Fort Frances.
Justice Thomas McKay was appointed Oct. 31 by Chief Justice Brian W. Lennox.
He is a member of the Kenora District Bar Association, and will be officially sworn in here Dec. 7 by Justice Donald Fraser, the regional senior judge for the Northwest region.
Justice McKay was called to the bar in 1986 and has practised widely in many fields, including criminal, family, and child welfare law.
He has worked in remote First Nation communities and acted as counsel to a local child Family and Services Agency. He also has been a deputy judge for small claims court.
Attorney General Michael Bryant made a total of five judicial appointments last month, including ones to Elliot Lake/Blind River and Toronto.
“I am confident that the achievements of these accomplished individuals will allow them to make significant contributions to the bench,” Bryant said.
Three of these appointments are part of an increased complement of family judges that will hear family and child protection cases.
The provincial government recently announced a number of appointments would be made that would help to move child protection cases through the system as quickly and effectively as possible, improving court access for children and their families.
Bryant has appointed 39 judges since the McGuinty government was sworn in Oct. 23, 2003.

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