JAMES LOCKYER

Tel: (416) 847-2560 x 222 | jlockyer@lcp-law.com

Founding Director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) and Founding Partner of Lockyer Campbell Posner

James Lockyer is a founding director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC), an organization that advocates for the wrongly convicted. He has been involved in exposing several wrongful convictions in Canada, including three homicide cases in which post-conviction DNA testing resulted in exonerations. One of these cases, the exoneration of Guy Paul Morin in 1995, led to a Public Inquiry in Ontario in 1997. The Report of Mr. Justice Kaufman made numerous recommendations for avoiding wrongful convictions in the future, and exposing wrongful convictions of the past. Since 1992, Mr. Lockyer’s practice has been primarily in the field of wrongful convictions.

  •  Gregory Parsons
    • Mr. Lockyer assisted counsel for Gregory Parsons, who had been wrongly convicted of the 1991 murder of his mother, in securing his exoneration of the crime in the Newfoundland Supreme Court in 1999. In January, 2003, Brian Doyle pleaded guilty to the murder and is now serving a life sentence for it. A Public Inquiry into Mr. Parson’s wrongful conviction was held. The Report of Mr. Justice Lamer was released in June, 2006.

  •  Steven Truscott
    • In 2001, Mr. Lockyer was the leader of a group of lawyers to present an application to the Minister of Justice for Steven Truscott. Mr. Truscott was 14 years old in 1959 when he was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Lynne Harper, a 12 year old girl, in Goderich, Ontario. His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 1960, and he was released on parole in 1969 after spending ten years in prison. In October 2004, the Minister granted Mr. Truscott’s application and referred his case for review by the Ontario Court of Appeal. In August 2007, the Court of Appeal quashed Mr. Truscott’s 48 year old conviction and entered an acquittal.

  •  Romeo Phillion
    • In 2003, in conjunction with the Osgoode Hall Innocence Project, Mr. Lockyer submitted an application to the Minister of Justice on behalf of Romeo Phillion, who was convicted in 1972 of the 1967 non-capital murder of Leopold Roy. In July of 2003, Mr. Phillion was released on bail, while awaiting the Justice Minister’s decision on his application, after spending 31 years in prison. In August, 2006 the Minister referred his case to the Ontario Court of Appeal for review where it is now pending.

  •  William Mullins-Johnson
    • In 2005, Mr. Lockyer and Toronto counsel David Bayliss submitted an application to the Minister of Justice on behalf of William Mullins-Johnson who was convicted in 1993 of first degree murder of his 4 year old niece. He was released on bail in September, 2005 pending his application. After a referral by the Minister to the Ontario Court of Appeal, his conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal in October, 2007 and an acquittal entered.

  •  James Driskell
    • In 2001, Mr. Lockyer took on the case of James Driskell, who was wrongly convicted in Winnipeg of the 1990 first degree murder of Perry Harder, with Manitoba counsel Alan Libman. Mr. Driskell spent 13 years in prison for a murder he did not commit before his Ministerial Review Application was allowed by Irwin Cotler in 2005. A Public Inquiry into his wrongful conviction was held in the summer of 2006 in Winnipeg before Mr. Justice LeSage, former Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court. The Commissioner’s Report was released in 2007.

  •  Robert Baltovich
    • Mr. Lockyer is also working on the case of Robert Baltovich, wrongly convicted in 1992 in Toronto of the murder of his girlfriend, Elizabeth Bain. Mr. Baltovich’s conviction was quashed by the Ontario Court of Appeal in November, 2004 and he is now awaiting a new trial.