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Ministry of Attorney General


November. 19, 1999 99:105

VICTORIA Appointments of three new judges to the B.C. Provincial Court were announced today by Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh.

Joanne Christine Challenger, Ernie J. Quantz and William (Bill) Fung Wing Yee will replace retired and retiring judges.

"B.C.'s provincial court judges are playing an increasingly important role in resolving conflict in our society," said Dosanjh. "These three people have the experience and expertise needed to continue the court's history of thoughtful and creative jurisprudence."

Challenger is a sole practitioner in Burnaby where she has had a general practice since 1991. She also spent five years as a Crown counsel in New Westminster and Vancouver. She has been active in legal professional organizations and does considerable pro bono work. Challenger who commences sitting Nov. 24 will be based in New Westminster. Initially, she will preside in courts throughout the province.

Quantz has been assistant deputy attorney general of the criminal justice branch since 1993. He has spent most of his career with the Crown and has extensive experience as both a trial lawyer and an administrator. Quantz will be based in Victoria but will travel extensively as a roving judge assigned by the Office of the Chief Judge beginning Nov. 24.

Yee practises as Bill Yee & Company in Vancouver. In addition to an extensive law practice, he has been active in his community serving on the boards of civic organizations, as well as on Vancouver city council and Vancouver police board. Starting Dec. 8, Yee will hear mostly civil matters at Robson Square in Vancouver.

"I am delighted to welcome these new colleagues: their appointments will enhance the Provincial Court," said Chief Provincial Court Judge Robert W. Metzger. "I am particularly pleased at their timely appointments ensuring the court will maintain its full complement of judges."

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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