Under section 10(1) of the Provincial Court Act, Associate Chief Judges are designated by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, usually for a term of three years, which may be renewed. Subject to the direction of the Chief Judge, an Associate Chief Judge has the same powers and duties as the Chief Judge.
Associate Chief Judge Wishart obtained a Masters of Science degree from Queen’s University in 1990, followed by a law degree from the University of Victoria in 1994. She was called to the BC Bar in 1995 and began her legal career with a Victoria law firm. She then worked as a contractor for various Ministries of the Provincial Government and as a Clinical Instructor in the University of Victoria Law School. In 1998 she returned to private practice, mainly in the area of criminal law, and conducted cases at all court levels. During her time as a lawyer Associate Chief Judge Wishart was active in the Canadian Bar Association. She chaired the Victoria criminal law sub-section, was an elected member of Provincial Council, and an elected member of the Executive of the CBA - BC Branch. She was appointed a Provincial Court Judge in 2009.
Since that time she has been assigned to the Vancouver Island Region where her duties have included sitting in the Victoria Integrated Court and the Cowichan Valley Domestic Violence Court. In addition to her sitting duties, Associate Chief Judge Wishart has given freely of her time to Court affairs including serving on the executive of the BC Provincial Court Judges’ Association. In 2014 -2015 she served as the Association’s President and as its representative on Judicial Council.