VICTORIA – Ellen Gordon has been appointed a judge of the British Columbia Provincial Court, Attorney General Geoff Plant said today.
Gordon has been a partner at Gordon and Sutherland Law Offices in Vancouver since 1998. She worked as an associate with various firms in Vancouver, B.C. and in Winnipeg, Manitoba since 1984. During her 19 years of practice, Gordon has specialized in criminal and youth justice extensively at the provincial Court level. Gordon attended the University of Manitoba Law School. She takes her seat on the Bench in South Fraser on December 6, 2004.
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.