Judicial appointments to Ontario Court of Justice announced

Justice Belda Perez, who was called to Thunder Bay by Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve in 2004, has served on the Ontario Justice Education Network, numerous private law firms, and the Nishnawbe Aski Legal Services Corporation where she led the Ontario Telejustice Project that seeks to address the Improve access to justice in remote communities in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. Belda Perez’s experience extends to child protection, family law and alternative dispute resolution issues.

For the Thunder Bay Law Association, Belda Perez has served as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Committee Chair, and has contributed to the awareness project for Indian residential schools. She has volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and the Compulsory Information Program for new family law litigation.

Vince Scaramuzza, also assigned to Thunder Bay, served as legal advisor with Legal Aid Ontario, a member of the Toronto City Administrative Criminal Court, and deputy crown attorney. Scaramuzza opened his private practice in 1995 and has worked on matters involving administrative courts, the Gladue Court, juvenile justice, mental health, criminal law and civil procedural law.

Scaramuzza was admitted to the bar in 1993 and was a member of the Advisory Committee on Standards of the Criminal Justice Youth Committee of Legal Aid Ontario, an instructor for the Law Society of Ontario Admissions Course Instructor, an Instructor of General Law Course at George Brown College, and a mentor and reviewer for the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University.

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