Emeritus Professor David M. Paciocco Appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario

Posted on Friday, April 7, 2017

David Paciocco

The Faculty of Law, Common Law Section wishes to congratulate Mr. Justice David Paciocco on his appointment to the Court of Appeal for Ontario! He replaces Mr. Justice J.I. Laskin, who elected supernumerary status effective September 1, 2016.


Justice Paciocco joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa in 1982 and was promoted to full professor in 1990. He taught the law of evidence, criminal law and the law of trusts at the Faculty for 30 years before being appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa in August 2011. He was appointed Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Law in 2011.


From the release:


Considered one of Canada’s pre-eminent legal minds in the law of evidence and criminal procedure, his appointment to the Ontario Court of Justice was widely applauded. Throughout his career as an academic and judge, his work has been widely cited by the Supreme Court of Canada, Canadian courts of all levels, the Privy Council, and courts in New Zealand and Australia.


Born in Sault Ste. Marie, in a family with Italian roots, and with a maternal grandmother with status in an American Chippewa band, Justice Paciocco earned his law degree from the University of Western Ontario and then pursued graduate studies at the University of Oxford, where he received a B.C.L. During the entire tenure of his academic career as a professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, he concurrently worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney and then as a criminal defence lawyer at Edelson Clifford d’Angelo LLP. These dual roles informed his work, both as Commission Counsel to the Taman Inquiry into the Investigation and Prosecution of Derek Harvey-Zenk and his prolific academic writing. He has authored or co-authored five books, including the treatise The Law of Evidence, and more than 150 academic chapters and articles. Justice Paciocco has received numerous awards for his contribution to the law, including the Mundell Medal (2002) and a honourary doctorate from Laurentian University (2005).


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