Judges

There are currently about 150 Provincial Court judges in various locations throughout the province. When appointed, each judge is assigned an office in a particular judicial region, though many judges are required to travel regularly to other areas, in order to meet the demand for judges in the more than 80 locations where Provincial Court is held.

Most Provincial Court judges work full-time. However, judges aged 55 or older, with at least 10 years of service, may elect to hold office as a part-time judge.

Judges conduct trials and other proceedings in criminal, youth, family, and civil matters. They also perform judicial mediation in family and civil settlement conferences. But judges also do considerable work outside the courtroom – reading, writing, public speaking, and committee work.

When they reserve judgment, judges research and prepare written reasons for their decisions. In order to keep abreast of the law they regularly read new legislation as well as reasons for judgment issued by other Provincial Court judges and by judges of other courts, particularly BC courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. They also read articles commenting on recent judgments and on trends in the law.

Judges consider written applications for search warrants in their offices. They also speak frequently to students, service clubs, community groups, justice system professionals and others. They attend swearing in ceremonies for police officers and municipal councils and school boards. Many judges also volunteer their time to serve on committees to help the Court or to liaise with court users and community organizations. Judges also organize and present education programs for their colleagues.

Judges are guided by the Ethical Principles for Judges.

For more information on how judges spend their time see:

A day in the life of a Provincial Court judge, Victoria Times
A day in the life of one of Vernon's Provincial Court Judges, infonews.ca
What judges do in a day, Vancouver Sun

and to read about the welcoming ceremony held for each new judge see:
Ceremony held for new judge, Williams Lake Tribune

For changes to the Court’s judicial complement (appointments, retirements, elections to serve as a Senior Judge) see the Court’s monthly Judicial Complement Reports.

Judges sitting as of April 30, 2018 by region:

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF JUDGE

GILLESPIE, MELISSA (Acting Chief Judge)
WISHART, SUSAN (Associate Chief Judge)
Adams, Nancy
Klinger, Wilfred (Senior Judge)
MacDonald, William (Senior Judge)

FRASER REGION

HAMILTON, ROBERT - Regional Administrative Judge
Alexander, Therese
Arthur-Leung, Kimberley
Boblin, Dawn
Bond, Patricia
Brown, Gregory
Browning, Richard
Brownstone, Andrea
Chettiar, Valliammai
Cohen, Gary
de Couto, Pedro (Senior Judge)
Dohm, Paul
Dorey, Diana
Dossa, Shehni
Ferriss, Kathryn
Gaffar, Deanne
Gill, Gurmail (Senior Judge)
Gulbransen, Peder (Senior Judge)
Gunnell, Robert
Hoy, Brent (Senior Judge)
Jahani, Delaram
Jamieson, Eugene
Janzen, Patricia
Jetté, Mark
La Prairie, Peter
McQuillan, Robin
Mundstock, Kristen
Ormiston, Andrea
Point, Steven
Pothecary, Deirdre (Senior Judge)
Ritchie, Edna
Rounthwaite, Jill (currently sitting part-time)
Skilnick, Kenneth
Smith, Garth
Solomon, Jay
Stark, Patricia
Steinberg, Daniel
Sudeyko, Danny
Weatherly, Daniel
Wolf, Alexander
Woods, Thomas (Senior Judge)
Young, Wendy

INTERIOR

BURDETT, ELLEN - Regional Administrative Judge
Armstrong, Mariane
Brown, Robert
Cartwright, Jane (Senior Judge)
Cleaveley, Christopher
Daneliuk, Michelle
de Walle, Edmond (Senior Judge)
Dickey, Roy
Doerksen, Lynal
Frame, Stella
Guild, Jeremy
Harrison, Stephen
Heinrichs, Cathie
Hewson, Richard
Koturbash, Gregory
McKimm, Mayland
McParland, Monica
Morgan, Dennis
Seagram, Philip
Shaw, Marguerite
Sheard, Grant
Smith, Robin (Senior Judge)
Takahashi, Mark (Senior Judge)
Tam, Andrew
Wyatt, Lisa

NORTHERN REGION

BRECKNELL, MICHAEL - Regional Administrative Judge
Bayliff, Elizabeth (Senior Judge)
Blaskovits, Richard
Bowry, Rita
Daley, Brian
Doulis, Judith
Galbraith, Victor
Gray, Michael (Senior Judge)
Jackson, William
Keyes, Shannon
Leven, George
Malfair, Cassandra
McDermick, Peter
Mengering, Susan
Seidemann, Herman (Senior Judge)
Stewart, Dwight
Struyk, Calvin
Whonnock, Karen
Whyte, Peter
Wright, Terence

VANCOUVER REGION

WINGHAM, JAMES - Regional Administrative Judge
Bahen, James
Bakan, Laura
Burgess, Elisabeth (Senior Judge)
Challenger, Joanne
Chen, Patrick (Senior Judge)
Craig, Bonnie
Denhoff, Kathryn
Dhillon, Harbans
Doherty, Patrick
Dyer, Bryce (Senior Judge)
Galati, Joseph
Gallagher, Rosemary (Senior Judge)
Giardini, Maria
Gordon, Ellen
Gove, Thomas (Senior Judge)
Harris, Reginald
Lee, Wilson
MacLean, Malcolm
Merrick, Steven
Meyers, Paul
Milne, John
Moss, Douglas (Senior Judge)
Oulton, Jennifer
Phillips, Nancy
Raven, Rose
Rideout, Gregory
Rodgers, William (Senior Judge)
Senniw, Donna
Smith, Lyndsay
St. Pierre, David
Sutherland, James
Walker, Karen
Werier, Jodie

VANCOUVER ISLAND REGION

ROGERS, CARMEN - Regional Administrative Judge
Barrett, Jennifer
Blake, Evan (Senior Judge)
Brooks, Adrian
Chaperon, Loretta (Senior Judge)
Cowling, Douglas (Senior Judge)
Crockett, Catherine
Cutler, Roger
Doherty, Peter (Senior Judge)
Flewelling, Barbara
Gouge, Ted
Harvey, Brian
Higinbotham, Robert (Senior Judge)
Howard, Frances (Senior Judge)
Hutcheson, Brian
Lamperson, Ronald
Lowe, Christine
MacCarthy, Parker
Mrozinski, Lisa
Saunders, Justine
Webb, Ronald
Wishart, Susan (Associate Chief Judge)

There are also 4 full time judges and 2 senior judges not sitting due to long term disability conditions.

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