This is the first in a series of the 2019 Fall Richmond Hill Speaker Series.
As a founding director of Innocence Canada and a founding partner of Lockyer Campbell Posner, James Lockyer has focused primarily in the field of wrongful convictions. He will present cases in which individuals have been exonerated.
In 1977 James Lockyer was called to the Ontario Bar and began to practice criminal law. He has been a criminal lawyer for 42 years. Since 1992, the majority of his practice has involved unravelling wrongful convictions.
Mr. Lockyer is a founding director of Innocence Canada (formerly known as the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC)), a Canada-wide organization that advocates for the wrongly convicted. In that capacity, he has been involved in several high profile wrongful conviction cases including those of Guy Paul Morin (1995), David Milgaard (1997), Steven Truscott (2007), William Mullins-Johnson (2008),Tammy Marquardt (2011), Leighton Hay (2014), John Salmon (2015), Maria Shepherd (2016) and Frank Ostrowski (2018).
He has received six honorary doctorates from the Law Society of Upper Canada and five Canadian Universities. In 2001, he received the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal from the Criminal Lawyers’ Association. In 2005, he received the John Howard Society’s Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service. In 2012, he received the Award for Justice (Advocates Society).
In December, 2018, he was made a member of the Order of Canada.