By Attorney General | Ontario
Attorney General Doug Downey announced the appointment of a new judge to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective May 1, 2023.
Justice Janet Booy worked for five years in Toronto social services prior to being called to the bar in 2002 when she began working for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Since 2020, she was the acting Crown attorney in Hamilton. In this role, she managed an office of both legal and non-legal staff, hiring numerous lawyers and articling students and helping develop an onboarding program, while continuing to prosecute a number of homicide cases. Previously, Justice Booy was the deputy Crown attorney and an assistant Crown attorney in Hamilton, prosecuting a wide range of criminal offences including dangerous offenders, homicides and multi-accused child sexual assaults. Throughout her career she mentored junior Crowns, acted as the team lead on intimate partner violence cases and regularly spoke at high schools and universities about criminal law.
Justice Booy has been a member and executive of a number of charitable legal organizations, including Lawyers’ Legacy for Children and the Hamilton Lawyers’ Club. She was an actor in productions by the Hamilton Lawyers’ Play and a part of Rocktoberfest, a choral group, both of which raised money for charitable organizations that benefit and support children. An avid runner, she completed numerous charitable races and marathons including the Boston Marathon.
Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Booy to St. Catharines.