Who is Morton Minc?
Morton S. Minc graduated with an Arts degree from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) in 1967 and subsequently studied law at l'Université de Montréal. After passing the bar in 1973, he practised law at McCarthy Tétrault and went on to start his own practice, Minc and Associates. During his career, Minc would take on impoverished clients pro bono, an act that reflects his dedication to social programs for both offenders and victims alike.
Appointed as a judge at the Montréal municipal court in 1993, Minc became a member of the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges as well as an executive member of the American Judges Association. Through his role as chair of the Therapeutic Justice Committee of the AJA, he became interested in the concept of “problem-solving courts” – programs designed to improve justice for the disadvantaged – which he later implemented through social justice programs at the Municipal Court of Montreal.
Since being appointed as chief justice of the Montréal municipal court in 2009, Minc has initiated and supported social programs for offenders with substance abuse problems, mental disorders or vagrancy. As well, he has ensured that victims are provided with onsite services inside the Montréal municipal court by the Centre d'aide aux victimes d'actes Criminels (CAVAC).
In addition to lecturing at both McGill and Concordia, Minc also sat as a judge on the panel for the Young Bar Association of Montréal and mooting competitions at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Currently, he is mentoring the students of the Concordia Moot Law Society, working with students in the Law and Society program, and planning future events to be held at Concordia.
Throughout his career, Judge Minc has been a staunch advocate for a more humane form of justice for victims and offenders, values that were recognized by the Minister of Justice in 2014 when he was awarded the Prix de la justice du Québec.
On May 17, 2018, Judge Minc was named Officier de l'Ordre de Montréal (Officer of the Order of Montreal). According to Mayor Valérie Plante, these appointments acknowledge the notable achievements of Montrealers: "Le caractère unique de notre métropole est indéniablement façonné par les citoyens et les citoyennes qui la composent. L’Ordre de Montréal vise à reconnaître et honorer les femmes et les hommes qui contribuent de manière remarquable au développement et au rayonnement de la métropole. Il s’agit de la plus haute distinction honorifique montréalaise."
Most recently, Judge Minc was named a Member of the Order of Canada by Governor General Julie Payette. Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
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