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Law Society presents honorary LLD to the Honourable George Czutrin

May 19, 2021

At the May 27, 2021 Convocation meeting the Law Society will present a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD) to the Honourable George Czutrin, for his dedication to access to family justice.

Access to the webcast will be available on the morning of, via LSO.ca.

The webcast will be available on-demand at the same link, approximately a week later.

The Law Society awards honorary doctorates each year to distinguished individuals in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice.

“I am honoured to be able to confirm the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa upon Justice Czutrin, for his career-long commitment to access to justice,” said Teresa Donnelly, Treasurer, Law Society of Ontario. “Throughout his career, Justice Czutrin has been a champion of issues related to family law. His leadership in the courts has had a positive impact on countless families in Ontario and has earned him the respect of the judiciary, the legal profession, justice partners and Ontarians.”

Right from the start, Justice Czutrin knew that he was interested in family law. In the fall of 1973, he began at Osgoode Hall Law and took the only two family law courses available at the time, as part of his studies. He also participated in a program that offered assistance to parties at the Brampton Provincial (Family) Court while at law school. He worked one summer at the Family Court on Jarvis Street in Toronto, primarily working for Judges Lucien Beaulieu and Patrick Gravely who later became his colleagues. In his final year, he was a student at Parkdale Community Legal Services.

After being called to the Bar of Ontario in 1978, he practised family law in Hamilton and was later certified as a specialist while becoming very active in the family law bar.

In 1993, he was appointed to the Unified Family Court (UFC) in Hamilton (now the Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice). With the first expansion of the UFC in 1995, Justice Czutrin became the family local administrative judge in Hamilton and continued in that role until his transfer to Toronto in 2007.

In 2007, he became a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. He was appointed Senior Judge of the Family Court, Superior Court of Justice in December 2013 and remained in that position until January 2020.

As the Senior Judge, Justice Czutrin focused on expansion of the Family Court, implementing protocols to meet the court’s Family Best Practices and the objectives of the Family Law Rules.

Under his leadership as Senior Judge of the Family Court, he saw the successful expansion of the Unified Family Court with the support of all levels of Court leadership, the family bar and the Provincial and Federal Governments.

Throughout his career, Justice Czutrin has been a frequent writer, speaker and teacher on issues related to family law. He remains firmly committed to the province-wide expansion of Unified Family Courts as the single most important critical need to improve access to family justice and the consistent application of the Family Law Rules which he built on the efforts of all previous Senior Judges of the Family Court.

His leadership, warmth and humility have earned him the respect of the judiciary, the legal profession, justice partners and the people of Ontario.

In addition to the Honorary LLD from the Law Society, Justice Czutrin has received the following recognitions:

  • Recipient of the AFCC International’s John E. VanDuzer Distinguished Service Award in 2011.
  • The OBA Award for Excellence in Family Law in Memory of James McLeod in 2018.
  • Co-Recipient with Justice Emile Kruzick of the AFCC 10th Anniversary Ontario Award of Excellence in Family Justice.
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