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For Immediate Release


Dec. 20, 2002

Ministry of Attorney General




VICTORIA John Robertson Milne has been appointed to the British Columbia provincial court in Smithers, Attorney General Geoff Plant said today.


“John Milne is an experienced and able lawyer well qualified to serve on the provincial bench,” Plant said. “He has earned the respect of his colleagues over many years of practice at the bar.”


Milne is a partner in the firm of Buri Milne and has practised in all areas of law, including child protection, criminal defence and prosecution, civil litigation, tax, real estate and family law. Milne was called to the bar in 1981. He has been a member of the provincial council of the Canadian Bar Association and served as president of the Smithers bar. He has lectured at Northwest Community College and the Public Legal Education Society. His appointment is effective Jan. 6, 2003.


“John Milne is a highly recommended and respected candidate,” said Chief Judge Carol Baird Ellan. “I am pleased to welcome him to the court.”


The process to appoint judges involves several steps. Interested lawyers apply, and candidates are then reviewed by the B.C. Judicial Council, a 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.  More information about the appointment process can be found at


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Brett Lowther

Public Affairs Officer

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