Judicial Justices

British Columbia’s judicial justices are judicial officers who exercise authority under various provincial and federal laws. They are assigned a variety of duties by the Chief Judge. Some judicial justices preside in courtrooms throughout the province, hearing traffic matters and ticketable offences under provincial laws, as well as municipal bylaw matters. They may also conduct small claims payment hearings. Others are assigned judicial duties at the Justice Centre, where they consider search warrant applications and hear applications for detention or bail. Still others conduct criminal arraignment hearings and deal with applications under the Criminal Code in the Victoria Integrated Court, one of the province’s specialized courts.

Judicial justices do not deal with applications under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and offences that may result in imprisonment. As a result, when a Charter issue is raised in traffic court or in another matter normally heard by a judicial justice, the matter is referred to a judge. Matters where the prosecution is seeking jail are also generally scheduled to be heard by a judge.

For more information on judicial justices’ work, see section 30.2 of the Provincial Court Act and the Chief Judge’s assignment of duties to judicial justices.

Appointment of Judicial Justices

The Judicial Council screens candidates for judicial justice appointments, and makes recommendations for appointment to the Lieutenant Governor in Council. (BC’s Lieutenant Governor acting on the advice of Cabinet). For more information on judicial justice appointments, see the Judicial Council’s Annual Reports and the Provincial Court’s Annual Reports.

If you are interested in the appointment process, or in applying, see Appointment of Judicial Justices.

Judicial Justices of the Court
Judicial Justices sitting as of September 1,2017:

Sitting Division (Full Time):
Blackstone, Irene (Abbotsford)
Dodwell, Patrick (Richmond)
Hughes, Joan (Kamloops) (currently sitting part-time)
Joseph-Tiwary, Susheela (Port Coquitlam)
Makhdoom, Zahid (Robson Square)

Justice Centre (Full Time):
Hayes, Gerry (Administrative JJ)
Arlitt, Kathryn
Chellappan, Joseph
Cyr, Brad

Judicial Justices Appointed to Serve on a Per Diem Basis:
Adair, Brent (Justice Centre/Traffic)
Beer, Bradley (Justice Centre)
Bowes, Edward (Justice Centre)
Brown, Anna-Maya (Justice Centre)
Burgess, Brian (Traffic - Vernon)
Callegaro, Norman (Justice Centre)
Campbell, Alison (Justice Centre)
Edwards, Brenda (Justice Centre/Traffic/Victoria Integrated Court)
Gordon, Hunter (Traffic - Victoria)
Hodge, Fraser (Justice Centre)
Holmes, Tim (Justice Centre)
Langford, Laurie (Traffic - Nelson)
Lindsey, Holly (Justice Centre)
Maddock, Christopher (Justice Centre)
Osborn, Carmella (Justice Centre)
Padron, Debra (Justice Centre)
Roberts, Carol (Justice Centre)

Revised September 2017