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For Immediate Release


November 9, 2001

Ministry of Attorney General




VICTORIA – The recent appointments of three new provincial court judges were announced today by Attorney General Geoff Plant.  


"These judges have the respect of their colleagues on the bench and in the bar," Plant said. "Their appointments help maintain the high standards of professionalism, intelligence and compassion that are hallmarks of B.C.'s provincial court."


Richard Blaskovits, former Crown counsel for northern British Columbia, was appointed provincial court judge for Dawson Creek.  A resident of Prince George, Blaskovits was called to the bar in 1983. His appointment took effect Nov. 2.             


Herman Seidemann is the new provincial court judge for Prince Rupert. A partner with Silversides, Seidemann & Kucher at the time of his appointment, he has been in practice for 21 years.  Williams Lake's new provincial court judge is Elizabeth Bayliff, an administrative Crown counsel in Quesnel, who was called to the bar in 1984.               


Seidemann took up his new post in September; Bayliff hers in October.             


"B.C. is fortunate to have a large pool of skilled and respected lawyers to draw from," said provincial court Chief Judge Carol Baird Ellan. "These new judges are all widely regarded for their commitment to their profession and their communities."  


Candidates for provincial court judge are chosen by the judicial council, a review committee made up of the chief judge, other judges, lawyers and lay people. They recommend potential judges to the attorney general, with the final appointment made through a cabinet order-in-council.


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