John Arnup

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John Douglas Arnup
Born (1911-05-24)May 24, 1911
Toronto, Ontario
Died October 5, 2005(2005-10-05) (aged 94)

John Douglas Arnup, OC (May 24, 1911 – October 5, 2005) was a Canadian judge on the Court of Appeal for Ontario, who is best known for having pioneered universal legal aid in Ontario.

Early life and education

Born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Jesse H. Arnup (1881–1965), a Methodist minister who was Moderator of the United Church of Canada from 1945 to 1946, and Ella Maud Leeson (1883–1966). He attended Oakwood Collegiate Institute in Toronto,[1] and then received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Victoria College in the University of Toronto in 1932. He received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1935. He was call to the Ontario bar in 1935.


He was named a King's Counsel in 1950 and practiced law with Mason, Foulds, Davidson, Carter & Kellock (now WeirFoulds LLP). In 1970, Arnup was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal. He served until 1985.

In 1988, his book Middleton: The Beloved Judge, a biography of former justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario William Middleton, was published.

In 1989, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to his Church, to legal education in the Province of Ontario and for his work in the development of Osgoode Hall Law School".[2]


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