Judicial appointments announced: R. Philip Campbell, Susan Stothart, Stephen Darroch

Campbell co-founded Lockyer Campbell Posner, while Stothart was Sudbury district Crown attorney

Judicial appointments announced: R. Philip Campbell, Susan Stothart, Stephen Darroch

R. Philip Campbell and Susan Stothart have been newly appointed as justices of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, while Stephen Darroch will be joining as a justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.

“I wish Justices Campbell and Stothart every success in their new roles,” said David Lametti, Canada’s justice minister and attorney general, in a news release.

Campbell takes the place of Justice Jane Ferguson in Toronto, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Apr. 30. Campbell has worked at Copeland Liss Campbell in the area of criminal law and at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP as a partner in the criminal division. In 2003, he co-founded Lockyer Campbell Posner in Toronto, where also practised criminal law with a focus on appellate advocacy and on correcting miscarriages of justice under Part XXI.1 of the Criminal Code.

Campbell has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Toronto Centre of Criminology and as a speaker for lectures at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, at the National Criminal Law Program, at the National Judicial Institute, at the Law Society of Ontario and at the Criminal Lawyers Association.

Campbell has been an active member of Innocence Canada’s case review committee and recipient of the 2020 G. Arthur Martin Medal, in recognition of his criminal justice efforts. Campbell received his law degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1982 and admission to the Ontario bar in 1984.

Stothart replaces Justice Edward Koke in Parry Sound, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Jan. 19. Stothart has focused her practice on criminal and quasi-criminal law at the Ontario Court of Justice and at the Superior Court of Justice for more than 27 years.

Stothart was named assistant Crown attorney with the Sudbury Crown Attorney’s Office in 1994, Crown attorney for the District of Sudbury in 2009 and director of Crown operations for the North Region at Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General in Sudbury in 2018, in which role she oversaw criminal prosecutions in the Northeast and Northwest judicial regions and worked alongside numerous justice system participants to address the North’s unique challenges.

Stothart has contributed efforts to the Laurentian University’s Law and Justice Program as an adjunct professor, to the development and launch of the Crown Mentorship Program and to presentations for the police, for community organizations and for members of the legal profession. She obtained her LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and her admission to the Ontario bar in 1994.

Doug Downey, Ontario’s attorney general, then announced the appointment of Darroch to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective Aug. 26. Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Darroch to London.

For 11 years, Darroch headed his own criminal defence practice in association with Daley, Byers in southern Ontario, then in 2017 joined the litigation group of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, where he advised physicians on medical-related legal issues, such as criminal law matters and professional discipline matters.

Called to the bar in 2002, Barroch has served as a guest instructor at the intensive trial advocacy workshop at Osgoode Professional Development in York University and as a volunteer for Pro Bono Ontario and for the Unaccompanied Minors Project.

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