KO BHAMRA, B.A. (Hons.) (Windsor), M.A. (Windsor), LL.B. (Windsor), was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002.
Her practice is restricted exclusively to criminal law and maintains a special focus on youth criminal justice. She has defended all types of charges ranging from theft to murder.
She has appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has also appeared before the Ontario Review Board. As part of her practice, she regularly appears before London’s Youth Therapeutic Court, Adult Therapeutic Court and Gladue Court.
Ms. Bhamra is a past London Criminal Lawyer’s Association representative on the Youth Justice Advisory Committee of Middlesex County (2009-2019). She has served as a Regional Coordinator of the Ontario Bar Association’s Child and Youth Law Section. She has conducted numerous hearings under the Youth Criminal Justice Act and has been consulted internationally on the intersection of youth criminal justice procedures.
She regularly attends speaking engagements as a panelist, presenter, and guest speaker. Past engagements include the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts conference (London), N’Amerind (London) Friendship Centre for an Indigenous Youth in Transition Awareness and Prevention Workshop, the Ontario Bar Association, Professional Development programming and Western University where she has been invited to give lectures in the Children’s Law Course on youth justice. Currently, she is the Chair of the Women’s Mentorship Group in Criminal Law in London. She organizes and presents various workshops, lectures, practice management seminars, professional development luncheons and other collaborative social activities designed to advance the role of women in criminal law including equality, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.
She is a volunteer with the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN), a charitable organization that facilitates opportunities to understand the justice system through unique opportunities and education programs. She assists with the delivery of special course sections on The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, criminal law procedure and youth justice. She continues to provide mentorship opportunities to students aspiring to learn about the criminal justice system.
In 2017 and again in 2019, as a Nominee of the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Ontario she was appointed as a member of the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for Ontario – West and South.
She is a volunteer with The Kidney Foundation of Canada, London and District Chapter and a past Director (2014-2022) of the London Chapter’s Board of Directors.
She is a member, in good standing, of the Law Society of Ontario (formerly Law Society of Upper Canada), the London Criminal Lawyers Association and the Middlesex Law Association.
Practice is restricted to criminal law. Legal services and representation offered for both adults and young persons charged with offences under the Criminal Code of Canada, Youth Criminal Justice Act and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Representation also available for disposition review hearings before the Ontario Review Board. For further inquiries regarding legal representation or the availability of legal services please contact the office.
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