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.