OTTAWA, December 14, 2007 - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments:

The Honourable Donald J. Manderscheid, a lawyer with the City of Edmonton, Law Branch is appointed as a Judge of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. Mr. Justice Manderscheid is replacing Mr. Justice M.A. Binder ( Edmonton), who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

Mr. Justice Manderscheid received a Master of Laws from the University of Alberta in 1983, a Bachelor of Laws in 1979, and a Bachelor of Arts in 1975. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1980. Mr. Justice Manderscheid has been employed by the City of Edmonton as legal counsel since 1981. He has developed a practice expertise in real property and municipal law. In addition Mr. Justice Manderscheid was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Legal Assistant Program at Grant MacEwen Community College until 1989, Chairperson of the Northern Alberta Municipal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association in 2005/2006, and the Vice-Chairperson in 2007/2008. Mr. Justice Manderscheid was the recipient of the John Tait Award of Excellence by the Canadian Bar Association in 2007 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2001. He has authored several articles in various areas of the law and presently a member of the Canadian Bar Association.

The Honourable Keith D. Yamauchi, a Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary is appointed as a Judge of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. Mr. Justice Yamauchi is replacing Madam Justice J.B. Veit ( Edmonton) who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

Mr. Justice Yamauchi received a Master of Laws from the University of British Columbia in 1994, a Bachelor of Laws from University of Saskatchewan in 1981, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary in 1977. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1982. Mr. Justice Yamauchi is presently self employed in his own law practice on a part time basis and a Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. He has developed a practice expertise in domestic and international bankruptcy, insolvency and financial restructuring, banking and corporate commercial transactions. In addition Mr. Justice Yamauchi is a full time faculty member for the Alberta Law Reform Institute and a committee member of the Law Society of Alberta.

These appointments are effective immediately.

ONTARIO JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED

OTTAWA , December 14, 2007 -- The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments:

The Honourable George R. Strathy , a lawyer with Strathy & Isaacs Barristers & Solicitors in Toronto, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the province of Ontario. He replaces Mr. Justice E.F. Then ( Toronto) who was appointed Regional Senior Judge for the Toronto Region.

Mr. Justice Strathy r eceived a Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1974 from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in 1970. He was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1976. Mr. Justice Strathy, a former Partner of the firm Fasken Campbell Godfrey is a present Partner of Strathy & Isaacs Barristers & Solicitors. Mr. Justice Strathy has developed an expertise in maritime and transportation law, civil litigation, insurance and environmental law. Mr. Justice Strathy has also appeared as a speaker and/or seminar presenter at innumerable conferences.

The Honourable Alfred J. O’Marra , a lawyer with the Ministry of Attorney General, Director of Crown Operations in Toronto, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario. He replaces Mr. Justice J. D. Watt ( Toronto) who was appointed to the Court of Appeal.

Mr. Justice O’Marra r eceived a Master of Laws in 2003 from York University, Osgoode Hall Law School, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law in 1981, and a Bachelor of Arts with the faculty of Social Sciences, Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1974. He was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1983. Mr. Justice O’Marra is currently Deputy Crown Attorney, with the Ministry of the Attorney General, Criminal Law Division, in Toronto. Mr. Justice O’Marra has developed an expertise in Criminal and Administrative Law. He has appeared as a Director/speaker for the Crown Attorneys Association, and the Coroners’ Inquest Counsel Course on an annual basis since 1999. Mr. Justice O’Marra was Chair of the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee and has written numerous publications.

The Honourable Gordon D. Lemon , a lawyer with Innes, Lemon Barristers in Woodstock , is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario. He replaces Mr. Justice J.R. Belleghem ( Brampton) who elected to become a supernumerary judge

Mr. Justice Lemon r eceived a Bachelor of Laws in 1981 from the Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in 1978. He was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1983. Mr. Justice Lemon, a former counsel with Barenberg, McDonald is a present Partner with Innes, Lemon Barristers . Mr. Justice Lemon has developed an expertise in family, criminal and civil litigation, and mediation. Mr. Justice Lemon is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Criminal Lawyer’s Association, ADR Institute of Canada, and the Advocates Society.

The Honourable Darla A. Wilson , a lawyer with Lawson McGrenere LLP in Toronto , is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the province of Ontario. She replaces the late Mr. Justice A.G. Campbell ( Toronto).

Madam Justice Wilson received a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University in 1984, and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University 1981. She was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1986. Madam Justice Wilson, a former member of Borden Ladner Gervais is a present Partner with Lawson McGrenere LLP. Madam Justice Wilson has developed an expertise in civil litigation, medical malpractice; defence of hospitals and other health care facilities on negligence claims; general insurance defence work including occupier’s liability, motor vehicle and municipal negligence. Madam Justice Wilson is a member of the Board of Directors for Medico-Legal Society.

The Honourable R. Cary Boswell , a lawyer with Craig Boswell McDermot in Barrie , is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the province of Ontario. He replaces Mr. Justice G.P. DiTomaso ( Newmarket) who is to be transferred to Barrie to replace Mr. Justice P.H. Howden, who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

Mr. Justice Boswell received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto in 1988, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo in 1985. He was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1990. Mr. Justice Boswell a former associate lawyer with Mark Scharf, Barrister & Solicitor is a present partner with Craig Boswell McDermot. Mr. Justice Boswell has developed an expertise in civil litigation, family law, bankruptcy and insolvency, estate litigation, and real property litigation. Mr. Justice Boswell is a Member of Simcoe County Law Association, Canadian Bar Association, and a Lecturer at Georgian College, in Barrie.

These appointments are effective immediately.

QUEBEC JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT ANNOUNCED

OTTAWA, December 14, 2007 -- The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments:

The Honourable Steve J. Reimnitz, a partner with Gauthier Bédard S.E.N.C. in Chicoutimi, is appointed a Puisne Judge of the Superior Court for the District of Montreal, in the Province of Quebec. He replaces Mr. Justice G. Mercure ( Montreal) who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

Mr. Justice Reimnitz received a Bachelor of Laws from Laval University in 1979 and was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1981. Since the beginning of his career he has practised with Gauthier Bédard S.E.N.C. Mr. Justice Reimnitz's practice expertise is in the areas of litigation, civil rights and policy. Mr. Justice Reimnitz is counsel to the Québec Bar, and a member on the arbitration committee.

This appointment is effective immediately.