Brief Biographical Note of Justice David M. Paciocco
Justice Paciocco (LL.B. Western 1979; B.C.L., Oxford, 1981; LL.D (hon. causa) Laurentian University, 2005, Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa) was a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice at the time of his appointment to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Justice Paciocco taught at the University of Ottawa Common Law Section as a full-time faculty member for close to 30 years, and has also taught at the University of Windsor and the University of Auckland New Zealand.
While teaching at the University of Ottawa, and while on leave, Justice Paciocco served as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Ottawa between 1986 and 1992. From 1993 until 2011 he served as counsel to the firm of Edelson and Associates, doing appellate work and engaging in a specialized criminal practice, including before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He has also consulted widely for many governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Justice Paciocco is widely published, having authored or co-authored four books, and more than 100 legal articles. The Law of Evidence, Irwin Law, 1996, which he co-authors with Professor Lee Stuesser, is in its seventh edition, (2014). He has received teaching and publishing awards, including the Mundell Medal 2002 and a Donner Prize for writing in Canadian Public Policy, 1999.
Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal for Ontario Justice Paciocco was a frequent lecturer at judicial and professional education seminars.