Justice W. Vincent Clifford

Regional Senior Justice to the Ontario Court of Justice


he Honourable Justice W. Vincent Clifford, now a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice, was one of the founding partners of the firm. He practiced criminal law from 1991 until his appointment to the bench in 2017. 

Justice W. Vincent Clifford was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree (with Honours) from Saint Mary’s University. He thereafter attended Dalhousie Law School, where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree. He also completed graduate studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, at York University, where he specialized in criminal law and obtained his Masters in Law Degree.

In 2008, Justice Clifford was designated by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law.

From 2001 through 2005, Justice Clifford was a senior instructor in Ottawa for the criminal law component of the Bar Admission Course for entry to the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has presented numerous papers on criminal law matters to various legal and academic audiences. He was a term professor at the University of Ottawa Law School where he taught an advanced criminal law advocacy course. He has also lectured at Queens Law School, Carleton University and Algonquin College. Justice Clifford has also lectured internationally for Canada’s Department of Justice International Legal Programs Section where he has been recognized as an expert in Canadian criminal law.

Justice Clifford acted as Associate Commission Counsel to the Honourable Roger Salhany, Q.C. in the Taman Inquiry into the Investigation and Prosecution of Derek Harvey-Zenk held in Manitoba in 2008. Throughout his lengthy career as a defence lawyer, Justice Clifford served as counsel in many high profile and complex criminal cases; since 1997, he served as counsel in over 18 major homicide cases in the Ottawa area.

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