The B.C. Government is appointing four new provincial court judges to ensure the court continues to provide access to justice.
The appointments and their effective dates include:
- Judge Robert Brown – Dec. 7, 2015
- Judge Judith Thorne Doulis – Dec. 7, 2015
- Judge Deanne Gaffar – Dec. 4, 2015
- Judge Alexander Wolf – Dec. 7, 2015
British Columbia’s judicial system is recognized as one of the best in the world, thanks in part to the diversity, experience and knowledge of its judges. The judges will be assigned to locations determined by the chief judge to meet the needs of the court.
- British Columbia has about 150 provincial court judges who serve more than 80 court locations.
- Although judges are located in a judicial region, many travel regularly throughout the province to meet changing demands.
- How judges are appointed:
- Interested lawyers apply and the B.C. Judicial Council – made up of a chief judge, provincial court judges, lawyers and lay people – reviews the candidates.
- The council recommends potential judges to B.C.’s Attorney General, with the final appointments made through an order-in-council.
Information about the judicial appointment process: www.provincialcourt.bc.ca/about-the-court/judicial-officers/judges-court