James Lockyer is a partner in the Toronto office of Lockyer Campbell Posner. He obtained his LLB at the University of Nottingham in 1971 and is a member of the Bar in England. Between 1972 and 1977, he was an Assistant Professor of Law at, first, McGill University and then the University of Windsor. In 1977 he was called to the Ontario Bar and has been a criminal lawyer for 37 years. Since 1992, the majority of his practice has involved unravelling wrongful convictions.
Mr. Lockyer is a founding director of Innocence Canada (formerly known as the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC)), a Canada-wide organization that advocates for the wrongly convicted. In that capacity, he has been involved in several high profile wrongful conviction cases including those of Guy Paul Morin (1995), David Milgaard (1997), Steven Truscott (2007), William Mullins-Johnson (2008),Tammy Marquardt (2011), Leighton Hay (2014), John Salmon (2015) and Maria Shepherd (2016).
He has received six honorary doctorates from the Law Society of Upper Canada and five Canadian Universities. In 2001, he received the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal from the Criminal Lawyers’ Association. In 2005, he received the John Howard Society’s Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service. In 2012, he received the Award for Justice (Advocates Society).
Wrongful Convictions in Canada