Justice Dr. Irving Andre’s elevation to the Superior Court of Justice has been lauded by colleagues and members of the Dominican community in the Greater Toronto Area.
An Ontario Court of Justice judge for the past decade, André has been a local administrative judge (criminal) in Brampton since 2010, chair of the Brampton Criminal Case Management Committee and co-chair of the Brampton Local Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee.
“This is an excellent appointment that’s long overdue,” said retired judge, Vibert Rosemay. “He’s a person of integrity and when you combine that with his academic history and community involvement, you have the perfect fit for that job. I am delighted for him.”
The Curacao-born judge, who moved to Dominica with his parents at age three, is held in high esteem in the local Dominican community.
“I am so excited,” said Commonwealth of Dominican Ontario Association president, Frances Del Sol. “This is great for Dominica and people of Caribbean descent living here. He’s my mentor and friend and I am just so elated.”
A University of the West Indies graduate, Andre spent two years at John Hopkins University before joining his wife in the Greater Toronto Area. He worked as a claims adjuster with the Workers Compensation Board and delivered newspapers and flyers on weekends prior to enrolling in Osgoode Law School in 1985. A year later, he was accepted into the night court prosecutor’s program that allowed him to prosecute highway traffic infractions.
After graduating in 1988 and being called to the Bar two years later, Andre served as an assistant crown attorney prior to entering private practice and being appointed a judge in 2002. He returned to the classroom to obtain his Master’s and PhD.
“Irving has worked extremely hard to reach the top in his profession and I am very delighted with the appointment,” said friend Ferdinand Fortune.
One of just two judges in the province with a doctorate, Andre is a prolific writer. He has written and co-written a dozen books, including biographies of Dominica’s first Chief Minister, Franklin Baron; the island’s first Premier, Edward LeBlanc; and the first surgeon, Dr. Desmond McIntyre.
His latest books recount the late Elias Nassief’s significant contributions to Dominica’s business landscape and the military assistance that Dominicans provided Guadeloupe and Martinique during World War II.
“As you can see from his achievements, Irving is a well-rounded individual,” said Justice of the Peace, Maurice Hudson. “He’s a role model and someone who is very generous with his time when it comes to giving back to the community despite his busy schedule.”
Prior to his appointment as a judge in 2002, Andre was vice-chair of the Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal, a criminal defence lawyer and an assistant Crown attorney. His main area of practice was criminal law.