The Honourable Madame Justice Maria Linhares de Sousa was appointed as a Justice to the Superior Court of Justice (Family Branch) in November 1999. Prior to that she served as a Justice to the Ontario Court of Justice, July 1989 to November 1999. She was called to the bar in Paril 1978 and was then appointed by provincial Order-in-Council as Family Law Commissioner and Official Referee of the Supreme Court of Ontario, 1979-1989. Madame Justice Linhares de Sousa has lectured and published extensively in the area of Family Law for over 20 years, in both official languages. She has been involved in Judicial Education since 1989 as a panelist, chairperson and presenter across North America.