The late Honourable Justice Marc Rosenberg 1950-2015
Justice Marc Rosenberg was one Canada's finest jurists and criminal law experts. He was a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario for almost two decades, having been appointed to the court in December of 1995. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1974 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1976. He practiced Criminal Law at Greenspan, Rosenberg and Buhr until 1995 when he joined the Ministry of the Attorney General as Assistant Attorney General for the Public Law and Policy and Civil Law Divisions.
He was a Director of the Criminal Lawyers' Association from 1987 to 1991 and was actively involved in the Association's educational programmes for many years. He was a non-bencher member of the Legal Education Committee for the Law Society of Upper Canada from 1993 to 1995. He was a member of the faculty of the National Criminal Law Programme from 1979 to 1994.
He was an editor of Martin's Annual Criminal Code and was an associate editor of Canadian Criminal Cases and Dominion Law Reports from 1978 to 1995. He wrote many articles and papers mostly related to criminal law, evidence and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Justice Rosenberg was frequently consulted for his expertise in criminal and public law. He served as a member of the Canadian Bar Association consultation group to the Law Reform Commission of Canada from 1982 to 1992, a consultant to the Law Reform Commission on Electronic Surveillance and on the Powers of the Attorney General, a consultant to the Donald Marshall Inquiry, and a consultant to the Government of Ontario's Justice Review Project from 1991 to 1993.
He was a passionate and gifted teacher. He taught courses on evidence, criminal law and the role of the attorney general at Osgoode Hall Law School. As a Judicial Associate with the National Judicial Institute he taught members of the judiciary across Canada and in countries throughout the world.
He will be remembered by his colleagues at the Court of Appeal for Ontario for his brilliant mind, his warm heart, his generous collegiality, and his dedication to public service.
Justice Rosenberg was predeceased by his wife Martha Rosenberg, to whom he was married for over forty years. He is survived by his partner Priscilla Platt and his two children, Debra and Daniel.