VICTORIA – Kenneth Dennis Skilnick has been appointed to the British Columbia provincial court in Prince George, Attorney General Geoff Plant said today.
“Kenneth Skilnick is well respected and has the experience and expertise to maintain the high standards of the B.C. provincial court,” said Plant. “His 23 years of dedicated service to the legal profession and to his community make him an outstanding choice for this important position.”
Skilnick was a senior criminal counsel with Abbotsford Community Legal Services and has practised in all areas of law including criminal defence, civil litigation, family law and child protection. Skilnick was called to the bar in 1980. He received the Governor General’s Canada 125 medallion for service to the community, and is chairman and a founding member of the Fraser Valley criminal justice subsection of the Canadian Bar Association.
“I am pleased to welcome Kenneth Skilnick to the court,” Chief Judge Carol Baird Ellan said. “He is a highly respected and recommended candidate with a strong background in both the law and in community service.”
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 www.provincialcourt.bc.ca