In 2001 Paul H. Kowarsky retired as a full-time Cantor after 40 years in the Cantorate. Prior to his retirement he had served as Senior Cantor of the Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto, Canada, for 21 years. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of South Africa, and practised as such for some 10 years.
In May 2002, Paul was appointed as a full-time presiding Justice of the Peace for the Province of Ontario by Order-in-Council of the Government of Ontario. He continued to preside as such on the Bench of the Ontario Court of Justice. He was a designated Mentor for newly appointed Justices of the Peace, and was a scheduled presenter at Educational Seminars for Justices of the Peace. He also served as Regional Senior Mentor for the Toronto Region.
Almost 100 of Justice Kowarsky’s judgments have been reported in various publications of Law reports, including Canadian Criminal Cases, Ontario Judgments, CanLii, Weekly Criminal Bulletins, Motor Vehicle Reports, LexisNexis Highway Traffic NetLetters, LexisNexis Youth Criminal Justice NetLetters, Butterworths Highway Traffic NetLetters, Butterworths Youth Criminal Justice NetLetters and LexisNexis Workplace Health and Safety and Compensation Law NetLetters.
In October 2017, after reaching the mandatory retirement age, he retired, and wrote a book entitled “The Justice of the Peace in Ontario, Practice and Procedure” which was published by Lexis Nexis in May 2018.