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The Honourable David Watt


Received a B.A. (French and Criminology) from University of Waterloo, 1967; LL.B. from Queen's University Law School, 1970 (Silver Medallist). Honorary LL.D from the Law Society of Upper Canada, 2005. Called to the Bar in 1972; appointed Queen's Counsel, 1982. 1972–1977: Counsel, then Deputy Director, Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions Branch; 1977-1985: Senior Crown Counsel (Criminal Law) with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario – Responsible for argument of criminal appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.

Appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ontario (now the Superior Court of Justice) in 1985 – presided primarily over homicide and other complex criminal cases; authored the Court's Criminal Proceedings Rules; authored the Ontario Specimen Jury Instructions (Criminal).

Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of Yukon. Nominated Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada on November 3, 2003.

Adjunct Professor of Law, Dalhousie Law School, 2006-2007; Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1985-2005; Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 1990-1993 – Courses in Criminal Procedure, Advanced Criminal Law, Advanced Evidence, Trial Practice, and Appellate Remedies.

Section Head, Criminal Procedure Section, Bar Admission Course (Ontario), 1982-1990. Faculty Member, Federation of Law Societies' National Criminal Law Program 1972 to date; (Chair, 1985-2004; Honorary Chair, 2004 to date). Associate Director, National Judicial Institute, 2001 to date.

Participant in Continuing Legal Education Programs in every province and territory in Canada including programs for Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; Canadian Bar Association; Law Society of Upper Canada; Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Nova Scotia Barristers Society

Harrison Tweed Award from American Law Institute – American Bar Association for special merit in Continuing Legal Education, 1998. Adjunct Faculty Distinguished Service Award, Osgoode Hall Law, School 2004. Author of Tremeear's Annotated Criminal Code (Carswell); Watt's Manual of Criminal Evidence (Carswell); Watt's Manual of Criminal Jury Instructions (Carswell); Helping Jurors Understand (Carswell); Criminal Law Precedents, (Carswell). President and Chairman of the Board of Directors; Ontario Hockey Federation, 1991-1997. Director, Canadian Hockey Association, 1991-1997. Appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario, October 12, 2007.

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 2016-01-21