Pomerance will serve in the Southwest region, while Newton will serve in the Northwest region
Minister of Justice and Attorney General Arif Virani has announced the appointments of Renee M. Pomerance and Danial Newton as regional senior judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Justice Renee Pomerance practised with the Crown Law Office – Criminal at the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario between 1989 and 2006. She acted as counsel to Justice Peter Cory of the Supreme Court of Canada and served as senior advisor to the National Judicial Institute of Ottawa. In 2006, she was appointed as judge of the Superior Court of Justice. Justice Pomerance specializes in criminal law, constitutional law, and judicial education.
She obtained her law degree from the University of Toronto in 1987 and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1989. She has been appointed regional senior judge for the Southwest Region, replacing Justice Bruce G. Thomas, who returned to the regular complement of active judges effective June 1.
Justice Danial Newton was a partner with CARREL+Partners LLP in Thunder Bay, where he practised civil litigation. In 2014, he was appointed as judge of the Superior Court of Justice.
He was elected a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2012. He worked as a clinical instructor at Lakehead University Faculty of Law. He also served as a director of The Advocates’ Society and a certified advocacy trainer. Justice Newton was also a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and a member and past director of the Thunder Bay Law Association.
He earned his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1982 and was admitted to the Ontario bar in 1984. He has been appointed regional senior judge for the Northwest Region, replacing Justice B.R. Warkenting, who also returned to the regular complement of active judges effective January.
“I wish Justices Pomerance and Newton every success as they take on their new roles. I am confident they will serve Ontarians well as regional senior judges of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario,” Minister Virani said.