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MINISTRY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL

New Judge Appointed


June 9, 2000 00:64

VICTORIA - Prince George lawyer Michael Brecknell has been appointed as a Provincial Court judge, Attorney General Andrew Petter said today.

"Michael Brecknell will bring fairness, objectivity, patience and compassion to the bench," said Petter. "His background and experience will give him a chance to make a positive contribution to the court and to his community."

Brecknell was called to the bar in June 1986. He is a partner in the Prince George law firm Hope Heinrich.

"Brecknell has extensive experience in all divisions of the Provincial Court but specializes in family court matters," said B.C. Chief Judge Robert Metzger. "He has contributed greatly to the profession as an active Canadian Bar Association member and to the public in general."

The process to appoint judges has several steps. Interested lawyers apply; then the Judicial Council, made up of the chief judge and other judges, lawyers and lay people, reviews the applicants and approves qualified candidates.

Brecknell will be sworn in on June 29 and be based in Prince George.

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