Justice Tulloch

Michael Tulloch

Distinguished Fellow


The Honourable Mr. Justice Michael Tulloch of the Ontario Court of Appeal has a long and distinguished career of service as a member of the Canadian judiciary, a Crown prosecutor, a lawyer in private practice, and a renowned writer, speaker and professor. Justice Tulloch has led systemic reviews of the justice system at various levels, provided leadership on legal and judicial committees, designed and delivered international justice sector reform programs, and contributed to a myriad of civic, charitable, and community development initiatives.

Justice Tulloch was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2012 after serving as a Justice on the Ontario Superior Court of Justice since 2003. Prior to Justice Tulloch’s judicial appointment in 2003, he served as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Peel and Toronto from 1991 to 1995 before entering private practice where he specialized in criminal law until his appointment to the bench. Justice Tulloch holds degrees in Economics and Business from York University and graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University with a law degree in 1989. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 1991.

In addition to his work as a judge, Justice Tulloch has been involved in judicial education through the National Judicial Institute and international judicial reform programming through the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada, where he helped launch and implement a multi-year judicial reform program in Jamaica.

In April 2016, Justice Tulloch was appointed by the Ontario government to conduct an independent review of the Special Investigations Unit, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission. Justice Tulloch released the review’s final report in March 2017 and the report’s recommendations have now been legislated in the Safer Ontario Act which was passed by the Ontario legislature in March 2018.

In June 2017, Justice Tulloch was appointed by the Ontario government to lead a full and independent review of Ontario’s regulation on police street checks, a practice sometimes referred to as “carding”. He is currently in the midst of public, police, and stakeholder consultations and will submit his final report under this review to the Government of Ontario by November 30, 2018.

While in private practice, Justice Tulloch participated in several commissions including the Ontario Government Review on Civilian Oversight of Policing, the Review of the Ontario Legal Aid Plan, and the federal Minister of Justice’s Criminal Code Review.

Justice Tulloch is actively involved in post-secondary institutions, in governance and academic capacities. He has been a sessional lecturer and academic fellow at York University and Ryerson University. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Osgoode Society on Legal History and a member of the Advisory Board to Ryerson University’s School of Criminology. In 2006, Justice Tulloch chaired a Review Panel of Osgoode Hall Law School’s Admissions Policy which led to the reform of the law school’s admissions practices.

Justice Tulloch has a rich record of community service. Most notably, he is a founding member and patron of the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation, an organization which provides scholarships for young people who have been in conflict with the law or who are from at-risk backgrounds and are pursuing a post-secondary education.

In addition to the honourary Doctor of Laws degrees from Ryerson University and the University of Guelph and an honourary Doctor of Divinity degree from Tyndale University and Seminary, Justice Tulloch is the recipient of numerous awards including: the Harry Jerome President’s Award (2012); the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers Achievement Award (2012); the Osgoode Hall Law School Lincoln Alexander Award (2013); the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012); Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession (2017); and the Ontario Bar Association Distinguished Service Award (2018).

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