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Michael Bay’s interests include aboriginal issues, therapeutic jurisprudence, mental health, consent and substitute decision-making. He currently adjudicates the sexual abuse claims of former residents of Indian residential schools. Michael is an associate editor of the Journal of Mental Health Ethics and deputy judge of the Small Claims Court. Michael was the founding Chair of the Consent and Capacity Board and served as Chief of Staff (executive assistant) to the Minister of Health.

Michael is a recipient of the SOAR Medal for “outstanding service to the administrative justice system of Ontario” (2003) and the Ontario Psychiatric Association’s T.A. Sweet Award for “outstanding service to the mental health system” (2008). He is widely published and has addressed hundreds of audiences across Canada and overseas. He co-edited the first edition of the widely acclaimed book A Practical Guide to Mental Health, Consent and Capacity Law of Ontario and has testified as an expert witness at over fifteen inquests. His most recent paper, An Experiment in Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Reflections on the Residential Schools Compensation Process, may be viewed at:


  • Barrister at Law, Law Society of Upper Canada 1984
  • JD, University of Toronto, 1982

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