Canada: Justice Michael Tulloch Appointed to Ontario Court of Appeal

Justice Michael Tulloch, a former President of Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, has been appointed as a judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal. He is the first black lawyer appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal.


Justice Tulloch was born in Manchester, Jamaica and immigrated to Toronto in 1973 as a child. He received a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1989.  He was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1991 and was appointed as an Assistant Crown Attorney.


He then began work in private practice.  His main area of practice was criminal law.  During that period, he was appointed as a special prosecuting agent with Canada’s Federal Department of Justice. In 2003, Justice Tulloch was appointed as a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.  He was the youngest and one of only three black judges on any Superior Court in Canada.


Justice Tulloch was Chair of a review panel of Osgoode Hall Law School’s admissions policy in 2006. He is a member of the Ontario Superior Court’s Education Committee and of the National Judicial Institute.


He is an academic fellow of both McLaughlin and Vanier College of York University. He is a founding member and patron of the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation and Chair of the Advisory Board to the Black Business and Professional Association. He is a frequent speaker in various post-secondary institutions as well as professional and community forums.

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