VICTORIA – Gregory Bowden QC, and James Wingham have been appointed as judges of the British Columbia Provincial Court, Attorney General Geoff Plant said today.
Gregory Bowden is a former managing partner with the law firm Lawson Lundell. During his 30-year career he has practiced primarily taxation law. Bowden has also held the positions of Governor and Chair of the Law Foundation of British Columbia. He was also Chair of the Legal Services Society.
James Wingham has practiced family and criminal law as well as civil litigation most recently with the law firm Wingham Kinsman. On a number of occasions he has acted as a family advocate in custody access cases, and also as senior legal counsel to the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program. Wingham was called to the bar in 1982.
The process to appoint judges involves several steps. Interested lawyers apply, and the 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.