The Government of British Columbia is appointing three new provincial court judges and re-appointing two judges to ensure the judiciary has the resources to continue to provide access to justice.
The new appointments and effective dates are:
- Judge Mariane Ruth Armstrong – Sept. 6, 2017
- Judge Michelle Daneliuk – Sept. 6, 2017
- Judge Monica McParland – Aug. 28, 2017
The re-appointments are for a limited term and effective dates are:
- Judge Wilfred Klinger – Aug. 21, 2017
- Judge William Gordon MacDonald – Aug. 21, 2017
Government and the public rely on judges for their integrity and impartiality and trust they will deliver fair, learned decisions. These qualities are essential for maintaining the public’s confidence in the courts and are a vital component of any democratic justice system.
British Columbia’s judicial system is recognized as one of the best in the world because of the diversity, experience and knowledge of its judges. The chief judge determines the locations to which judges are assigned in order to meet the needs of the court.
- The process to appoint judges involves several steps:
- Interested lawyers apply and the Judicial Council of B.C., a statutory body made up of the chief judge, an associate chief judge, other judges, lawyers and lay people, reviews the candidates.
- The council recommends potential judges to the Attorney General, with the final appointment made through a cabinet order-in-council.
- Although judges are located in a judicial region, many travel regularly throughout the province to meet changing demands.
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Judge Mariane Ruth Armstrong received an LLB from Dalhousie University. She has worked as Crown counsel for the Criminal Justice Branch in Salmon Arm and Vernon from 1989 to 2005 and from 2006 to the present. She currently serves as administrative Crown counsel for Salmon Arm. She will be assigned to Kamloops in the Interior Region.
Judge Michelle Daneliuk received a bachelor of laws from the University of Alberta. She worked as a criminal defence lawyer in Edmonton for 10 years before relocating to Victoria in 2005, where she established an office as a sole practitioner in criminal law. Her practice has primarily consisted of large cases involving multiple defendants. She will be assigned to Penticton in the Interior Region.
Judge Wilfred Klinger is being re-appointed for a one-year term as a senior judge. He was initially appointed as a judge in 1979 and became a senior judge in 2009. Klinger’s appointment is to address immediate short-term needs of the court, and he will sit throughout the province.
Judge William Gordon MacDonald is being re-appointed for a one-year term. He has served as a judge since 1982 and became a senior judge in 2009. MacDonald’s appointment is to address immediate short-term needs of the court, and he will sit throughout the province.
Judge Monica McParland earned an LLB cum laude from the University of Ottawa in 1998. She has held positions as federal and provincial Crown counsel. She joined Pushor Mitchell LLP in Kelowna where she was initially an agent for the federal Crown conducting drug prosecutions. In March 2014, she shifted her practice area to family law. She will be assigned to Kelowna in the Interior Region.