Brampton street could be named after Chief Justice Michael Tulloch


Published January 24, 2023 at 9:11 am

Justice Michael Tulloch discusses a report from the Independent Street Checks Review looking at Ontario's regulation on police street cheeks during a press conference at the Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Friday, January 4, 2019. Tulloch, the first Black justice to sit on any appellate court in Canada, has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of Ontario.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

The City of Brampton could be honouring Ontario’s first Black Chief Justice and former Brampton attorney Michael Tulloch by naming a street after him.

Born in Jamaica and growing up in Brampton, Tulloch went to Central Peel Secondary School before pursuing his law career and going on to be a Crown attorney in Peel and Toronto. Tulloch was first admitted to the bar in 1991 and argued cases in Brampton before he was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice for Ontario in 2003.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Tulloch Ontario’s new Chief Justice in December, calling him a highly respected member of the legal community. And now the City of Brampton wants to recognize Tulloch’s contribution to the Brampton community with a street naming.

A motion from Mayor Patrick Brown and Coun. Navjit Kaur Brar going to Brampton City Council on Wednesday (Jan. 25) could see the city submit Tulloch’s name to the Region of Peel’s Street Names Committee for future assignment to a new street within the City of Brampton.

If approved by council and the committee, Brampton could soon have a street named “Justice Tulloch.”

Tulloch became the first Black justice to sit on a Canadian appellate court when he was elevated to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2012. Tulloch has also led independent reviews of Ontario’s police oversight system and street check regulations.

As Chief Justice, Tulloch is responsible for directing and supervising the sittings of the Court throughout the province and for assigning its judicial duties.

Tulloch, who also assumed the role of President of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, replaced George R. Strathy as Chief Justice, who retired at the end of August.

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