VICTORIA – Malcolm Owen MacLean has been appointed to the British Columbia Provincial Court in Vancouver, Attorney General Geoff Plant said today.
At the time of his appointment, MacLean was practising civil litigation in the Vancouver office of Davis and Company. Called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1982, MacLean subsequently joined the Provincial Crown Counsel office and prosecuted criminal cases for two years. Since returning to private practice, MacLean has worked in the areas of securities litigation, including class actions and hearings before the British Columbia Securities Commission, commercial litigation, criminal and regulatory defence.
He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
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