The Honourable Mahmud Jamal
Justice Jamal was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2019 and rendered decisions in all areas of the Court’s civil and criminal jurisdiction, including constitutional law, criminal law, procedural law, child protection and family law, and a host of other areas.
Before his appointment to the bench, Justice Jamal, who is bilingual, practised with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP for over 23 years in the fields of appellate litigation, constitutional and public law, class actions, and commercial litigation. He appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as counsel to a party or intervener in 35 appeals addressing a wide range of civil, constitutional, criminal, and regulatory issues, including issues of Quebec civil law. He also appeared before various provincial courts across Canada, the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and Tax Court of Canada, and federal and provincial administrative tribunals.
As a lawyer, Justice Jamal was a director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, The Advocates' Society, and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. He was an advocacy advisor to the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute and a trustee of the Canadian Business Law Journal. He has taught constitutional law at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, administrative law at Osgoode Hall Law School, and published widely in his areas of practice. He was also chair of Osler's national pro bono program and a member of its Partnership Board.
Justice Jamal was born in Kenya, raised in England, and completed high school in Edmonton, Alberta. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from the Faculty of Law, McGill University, and a Master of Laws from Yale Law School, which he attended on a Fulbright Scholarship. He served as law clerk to Justice Melvin L. Rothman of the Quebec Court of Appeal and Justice Charles D. Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada.
He and his wife, Goleta, are the proud parents of two teenagers.
The Honourable Mahmud Jamal was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on July 1, 2021.
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