Justice Mark Edwards appointed regional senior judge of Superior Court for Central East Region

Judge has served in Ontario Superior Court of Justice for a decade

Justice Mark Edwards appointed regional senior judge of Superior Court for Central East Region

Department of Justice Canada has announced Mark Edwards as the new regional senior judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario for the Central East Region.

Justice Edwards succeeds Justice Michelle Fuerst in the role, who returned to the regular complement of active judges effective Jan. 1. Edwards served as an associate at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP from 1979 to 1984 and as firm managing partner at Beard Winter LLP in Toronto, which congratulated him on the appointment. His practice areas included civil litigation, tort and insurance law, criminal law, family law and corporate and commercial litigation.

In 2010, Edwards became a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Newmarket, taking the place of Justice Hugh O’Connell, who was transferred to Durham effective Mar. 21, 2010. Edwards has acted as a guest speaker at numerous conferences organized by the Advocates’ Society and by the Law Society of Ontario.

Edwards earned his Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University in 1975, his Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 1979 and his admission to the Ontario bar in 1981. He has been a coach for soccer and hockey teams in the Etobicoke community.

David Lametti, federal justice minister and Canada’s attorney general, wished Edwards success in the new position. “I am confident he will continue to serve Ontarians well in his capacity as Regional Senior Judge,” Lametti said in the news release from the Department of Justice Canada dated Feb. 8.

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