Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces judicial appointment in province of Ontario 7 February

Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the judicial application process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit, and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Loretta P. Merritt, Partner at Torkin Manes LLP in Toronto, is appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Toronto. Justice Merritt replaces Justice B.P. O’Marra (Toronto), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective August 29, 2022.


“I wish Justice Merritt every success as she takes on her new role. I am confident she will serve Ontarians well as a member of the Superior Court of Justice.”

-The Hon. David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


Loretta P. Merritt graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1985 and obtained a Master’s degree in Constitutional Law from Osgoode in 1990. She was called to the Ontario bar in 1987.

Justice Merritt has spent her entire career at Torkin Manes LLP. She first practised general litigation and then personal injury, labour and employment law; for the last two decades, she practised civil sexual assault litigation.

Justice Merritt has always been passionate about teaching and mentoring, and spent significant time volunteering in the legal community. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada and Lexpert and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. She has Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible Peer Review Rating and was the recipient of the Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction for 2021-2022 and of the 2018 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association’s John A. McLeish Award for outstanding contribution to the goals of a fair trial and access to justice as an advocate. Justice Merritt was also a recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal, commemorating the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne, in recognition of her contributions to Canada in representing abuse survivors, and the recipient of the Litigation Counsel of America’s inaugural Peter Perlman Service Award. The award recognizes LCA Fellows who have contributed in meaningful ways to society by giving their time and resources in an effort to improve the lives of others.

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