Ontario Court of Justice welcomes Jeanine LeRoy as Associate Chief Justice

LeRoy is a criminal law specialist

Ontario Court of Justice welcomes Jeanine LeRoy as Associate Chief Justice

The Ontario government has announced the appointment of Jeanine E. LeRoy as Associate Chief Justice — Coordinator of Justices of the Peace to the Ontario Court of Justice.

LeRoy is a criminal law specialist who began her legal career as a criminal defence lawyer in London. She was appointed a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in 2011. She served as the local administrative judge for the London courthouse from 2015 to 2019. She was also a member of the court's education secretariat as an education co-chair for the West Region and conference coordinator of the Association of Ontario Judges.

In 2019, LeRoy was appointed to the role of regional senior justice for the West Region. As the regional senior justice, she exercised the powers of the chief justice in the region, subject to the chief justice's authority. Her responsibilities included scheduling court hearings and assigning cases to individual judges.

Before she was appointed to the bench, LeRoy was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in criminal law. She has an extensive criminal trial experience throughout Southwestern Ontario. She also argued appeals on a regular basis at the Court of Appeal and in the Superior Court of Justice.

Moreover, LeRoy has contributed to the legal community through her involvement as a director of the Criminal Lawyers Association (Ontario). She also served as president of the Criminal Lawyers Association (London). She graduated from the University of British Columbia Law School in 1991 and was called to the bar in 1993.

Read more: Studying law at the University of British Columbia

LeRoy will coordinate Justices of the Peace across the province in her newly assumed role. LeRoy officially commenced her duties in this capacity on September 15. She has replaced Sharon Margaret Nicklas, who was appointed chief justice of the Ontario Court of Justice on May 31.

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