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Ministry of Attorney General

April 19, 1996

TWO PROVINCIAL COURT JUDGES APPOINTED

VICTORIA -- The appointments of Rose Raven and Balwinder William Sundhu as judges of the provincial court of British Columbia were announced today by Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh.

"Judge Raven and Judge Sundhu bring years of experience and valuable expertise to the provincial bench," said Dosanjh.

Raven will sit in Surrey beginning May 13. She is a partner in the Surrey law firm of Stilling Blackmore Raven Hoem. She has written and taught extensively in the areas of family law and child protection. Raven has also conducted court training workshops for social workers..

Sundhu has been in private practice in Williams Lake. His appointment to the provincial court in Kamloops is effective May 15. Sundhu is a member of the Medical and Health Services Appeal Board of B.C. He has twice served as president of the Cariboo County Bar Association.

"I am delighted to welcome Judge Raven and Judge Sundhu as colleagues. Their appointments will enhance the provincial court," said Chief Provincial Court Judge Robert W. Metzger.

The process to appoint judges has several steps. Interested lawyers apply, then the Judicial Council, comprising the chief judge and other judges, lawyers and lay people, reviews the applicants and approves qualified candidates. Approved candidates can then be recommended to the attorney general and cabinet for appointment by order-in-council.

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