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Ministry of Attorney General

October 30, 1996

FOUR PROVINCIAL COURT JUDGES APPOINTED

VICTORIA -- The appointments of Wendy A. Young, Robin R. Smith, Suzanne K. MacGregor and Mark G. Takahashi to fill four vacancies on the provincial court were announced today by Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh.

"We are fortunate to have such capable individuals so committed to the justice system and willing to serve as judges," said Dosanjh. "Their experience and judgment will be a great asset to the court."

Young will sit in Chilliwack beginning Nov. 5. She has been a Crown counsel in the Fraser region since shortly after being called to the bar in 1977. Most recently she has served as administrative Crown counsel for Matsqui.

Smith will sit in Quesnel beginning Nov. 6. He has practised in Williams Lake since being called to the bar, most recently as a sole practitioner working primarily in the areas of criminal and family law.

MacGregor will sit in Surrey beginning Nov. 13. Prior to her appointment to the bench she had been a partner in the Vancouver firm Aaron MacGregor Gordon & Daykin. She has a particular interest in family law.

Takahashi will sit in Nelson beginning Nov. 18. Since his call to the bar in 1978, he has practised in Smithers, most recently as a sole practitioner working primarily in the area of criminal law.

There is a regular process to appoint provincial court judges. 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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