‘lo­cal suc­cess story’ comes home

City’s new­est as­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney sworn in

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS - GORD YOUNG

North Bay’s new­est as­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney was of­fi­cially sworn in Fri­day.

Dawn McCaig, took her oath of of­fice be­fore Su­pe­rior Court Jus­tice David Nadeau dur­ing a brief cer­e­mony at the North Bay court­house.

A grad­u­ate of Nipiss­ing Univer­sity, who went on to study law at Os­goode Hall, McCaig takes on the role of Crown pros­e­cu­tor af­ter about seven years in pri­vate prac­tice, spe­cial­iz­ing in crim­i­nal de­fence and fam­ily law. That in­cludes sev­eral years of op­er­at­ing her own firm in North Bay.

“She’s re­ally a lo­cal suc­cess story,” Crown at­tor­ney Rus­sell Wood said of the lat­est ad­di­tion to his team dur­ing the swear­ing in.

Orig­i­nally from South River, McCaig’s ca­reer is ac­tu­ally com­ing full cir­cle. She started out ar­ti­cling at the lo­cal Crown’s of­fice in 2008 be­fore be­ing called to the bar in 2009.

As a Crown at­tor­ney, McCaig said it’s nice to be able to

take a broader per­spec­tive of the jus­tice sys­tem in or­der to “help ev­ery­body.”

“You don’t just have one per­son as your client. You’re try­ing to help the en­tire com­mu­nity,” she said, of her mo­ti­va­tion to join the Crown at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

McCaig has been work­ing since the fall as a Crown pros­e­cu­tor. She had been in Sud­bury un­der a con­tract, but re­cently re­turned to North Bay to fill a va­cant po­si­tion on a per­ma­nent ba­sis. She joins an ex­ist­ing team of seven lawyers in the lo­cal of­fice.

Wood said his of­fice is not only bet­ter off with McCaig, but that the com­mu­nity will be made safer.

GORD YOUNG/THE NUGGET

Dawn McCaig was sworn in Fri­day by Su­pe­rior Court Jus­tice David Nadeau as North Bay's new­est as­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney dur­ing a brief cer­e­mony at the North Bay court­house.

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