The Honourable Peter G. Jarvis, Q.C.
After twenty four years as a Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, The Honourable Peter G. Jarvis, Q.C. elected to continue to offer his services to the Administration of Justice, the legal profession and public at large by becoming a Mediator and Arbitrator with COE ADR MANAGEMENT. He is known to lawyers as someone who was a leading Counsel before being appointed to the Bench and one who used his experience to conduct Jury and Non-Jury trials with expedience and efficiency.
AS A MEDIATOR
During his legal career, Peter was always interested in engaging in proper and fair negotiation if his opponent was willing to co-operate. He believed in discussing issues with a view to settlement. He knew as an experienced Counsel that there were no guarantees for either party once the matter reached the trial level. Long before the advent of Mediation as we now know and practice it, Peter was known to be an effective negotiator for his clients who were both Plaintiffs and Insurance Companies.
Peter is now retired from his judicial role. He appreciates that as a mediator he is now fulfilling a role as a neutral party. He knows that he will be retained by parties in a lawsuit to work with them to find a solution, not to impose one on them. He knows that as a mediator he is not to be a judge of the matter but act as a facilitator of discussion on issues and applicable law, examining risk management in negotiation while appreciating as well that, at times, matters are settled in a way that a Judge could never decide a case.
Peter knows the mediation process. For some time now, in preparation for this new role as mediator, he has engaged in training and understanding of mediation techniques. He has, of course, presided over numerous pre-trials but appreciates the distinction between the two processes.
Mediators with trial experience, have a tendency to discuss with parties what might happen if a matter does not settle and has to proceed to Court. To the extent that Counsel and the parties wish to have that discussion, Peter looks forward to drawing on his 24 years on the Bench in discussing this part of the risk evaluation which takes place in mediation.
AS AN ARBITRATOR
During his 24 years on the Bench, Peter presided over numerous Jury and Non-Jury Trials in all forms of civil disputes. As such, he is an experienced adjudicator and will apply this experience to arbitrations. However, appreciating that there are some distinct differences in the arbitration process and procedure compared to trial procedure, Peter engaged in a study of arbitration practice and procedure in Canada to better understand the distinct role of an arbitrator as opposed to that of a Judge in our Courts.
- University of Western Ontario, BA, 1961
- Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School , 1964
- Called to the Bar in Ontario, 1966
- Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1980
- Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by The Law Society of Ontario, 1988
- Appointed as a Justice of the Ontario Superior Court, December 1991
- Administrative Judge of the Small Claims Court of Ontario, 1992-1995
- Peter was involved in Judicial Education in various ways from time-to-time in Toronto
- 1978-1991 Partner of Toronto Law firm, Lawson, McGrenere Wesley, Jarvis & Rose
- 1968-1978 Partner at Bassel, Sullivan, Holland & Lawson
- 1967-1968 Associate at Bassel, Sullivan, Holland & Lawson
- Member of Medico-Legal Society
- Member of Canadian Civil Liberties Association
- Member of Canadian Bar Association
- 1991 Member of the Management Committee, Advocates’ Society Institute
- 1990-1991 Director, Advocates Society Institute
- 1991 Member of the Senior Regional Judge’s Bench & Bar Committee – York
- 1989-1991 Member of the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario, Joint Committee of Court Reform as a representative of The Advocates’ Society
- 1988 – 1991 Member, Management Board, Canadian Bar Insurance Association
- 1987 – 1991 Director, Canadian Bar Insurance Association
- 1979 – 1991 Chairman of Committee of Judicial Administration of the Joint Committee on Court Reform for Ontario
- 1989 – 1990 President, The Advocates’ Society
- 1985 – 1990 Director, The Advocates’ Society
- 1988 Vice-President, The Advocates’ Society
- 1985 – 1988 Director, The Grove Association of Lakefield School
- 1986 – 1988 Director, North Toronto Baseball Association
- 1986 – 1987 Treasurer, The Advocates’ Society
- 1985 – 1987 Director, The Integrated Arts Company
- 1983 – 1987 Ex-officio member of Council of the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario
- 1983 – 1987 Chairman, Canadian Bar Insurance Committee – Ontario
- 1983 – 1984 Counsel to Canadian Amateur Bobsleigh and Luge Association
- 1978 – 1983 Director of The John Howard Society of Ontario
- 1970 – 1983 Director of The John Howard Society of Metropolitan Toronto
- 1980 – 1981 Chairman, Canadian Bar Association Ontario Branch, Insurance Section
- 1978 – 1981 President of The John Howard Society of Metropolitan Toronto
Instructor, Civil Procedure Section of Bar Admission Course, 1970 – 1981 and 1984
Instructor both as a lawyer and as a Judge in Continuing Education Programs of The Law Society of Upper Canada
As a member of the Medico-Legal Society, planned education events for doctors and lawyers
At The John Howard Society, planned educational meeting for members and participated as an instructor. The John Howard Society is an organization that assists prisoners in returning to society after incarceration. He worked on the design of programs to assist prisoners in this transition.
As a Director of The Advocates’ Society Institute, participated in the planning and providing of programs to lawyers with a view to developing courtroom skills
As Chair of the Insurance Section of the Canadian Bar Association, planned periodic education events for members of this section
As co-chair of the Education Committee for the Toronto Region of The Superior Court of Justice, planned the content of education programs for Toronto Judges
Part of Peter’s responsibility of Small Claims Court was to design and implement educational meetings for deputy (part-time) Judges. He also had administrative responsibilities for this Court which included the answering of complaints from the public.
Participated in panels for the National Judicial Institute’s educational seminars for the members of the Superior Court of Justice
In 1990, as a President of The Advocates’ Society, Peter lead a delegation of lawyers and Judges to Russia where they were involved in a number of educational and informational meetings with members of the Russian Bench and Bar
Peter has travelled extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Africa which has greatly enhanced his understanding of the world
Patron of Operation Springboard since 1990 to present
Committee Member of Access to Courts for Peoples with Disabilities
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