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New Judges Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 202325 Views

November 20, 2023

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The Ontario government is pleased to announce the appointment of two new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective November 30, 2023.

Justice Lynn Ann Grzela was called to the Ontario bar in 1999. Following this, she was a partner at Perras and Associates for three years, representing clients in family, civil and criminal matters in both the Ontario and Superior Court of Justice. From 2001 to 2015, she was an assistant Crown attorney in Kapuskasing, overseeing legal matters in the District of Cochrane and in remote Indigenous communities. Since 2015, Justice Grzela has been the Crown attorney in Kapuskasing, leading several complex trials including homicide prosecutions and matters related to missing Indigenous women.

Since 2010, Justice Grzela has held multiple senior leadership positions with the Kapuskasing Figure Skating Club. She is currently the president of the board of directors, whose work includes eliminating barriers, both geographic and socio-economic, that hinder children from participating in sports. She was also on the board of directors for the Sensenbrenner Hospital, Kapuskasing and Area Family Health Team and the Kiddies Korner Daycare and was a member of the Kapuskasing 100 Committee.

Chief Justice Sharon Nicklas has assigned Justice Grzela to Cochrane.

Justice Graham Jenner was called to the Ontario bar in 2012. He spent two years as a lawyer at Heller, Rubel Barristers in Toronto, representing clients in criminal matters. From 2014 to 2017, he was an associate at Evans, Bragagnolo & Sullivan LLP in Timmins. He was then a founding partner at VanBridger Jenner LLP, where he represented youth and adult clients in criminal trials and appeals throughout Northeastern Ontario, including fly-in Indigenous communities. In 2021, Justice Jenner became an assistant Crown attorney in Timmins and was the Northeastern Ontario representative for the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Hate Crimes Working Group.

From 2012 to 2023, Justice Jenner was an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. Since 2020, he has been the vice-chair of the Timmins and District Hospital board of directors, where he serves on several committees. He is also on the board of directors for the Timmins Native Friendship Centre, which is the community’s largest service provider for urban Indigenous peoples.

Chief Justice Sharon Nicklas has assigned Justice Jenner to Sudbury

Additional Resources

Read about the Ontario Court of Justice

Read about the appointment of judges to the Ontario Court of Justice

Media Contacts

Andrew Kennedy
Minister’s Office

Maher Abdurahman
Communications Branch


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