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Ministry of Attorney General

Four Judges Appointed

March 10, 2000 00-10

VICTORIA - Four provincial court judges have been appointed to replace judges who are retiring, Attorney General Andrew Petter said today.

"These four people are highly qualified and have the background and expertise to make valuable contributions to the judiciary," said Petter.

Judge Shehni Dossa will be assigned to the Port Coquitlam courthouse. Dossa was called to the bar in 1983 and practised civil and criminal litigation as an associate lawyer with Hean Wylie & Company in Burnaby. She is assistant deputy chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board's immigration and appeal division.

Judge Patrick Chen will also be assigned to the Port Coquitlam courthouse. Chen was called to the bar in 1980 and worked as a sole practitioner in Vancouver. He is a managing partner with Chen & Leung where he primarily practises real property, litigation, commercial and corporate law.

Judge Randy Earl Walker will be assigned to the Dawson Creek courthouse to replace retiring judge David Levis. Walker was called to the bar in 1981 and practised criminal law, family law, civil litigation and some administrative law. He established his own firm in 1986 and practises mostly criminal law in Prince George.

Judge Valmond Romilly will be assigned to the Robson Square courthouse in Vancouver. Romilly was called to the bar in 1970 and is a sole practitioner in Vancouver. He was a member of the multiculturalism committee of the Law Society of British Columbia, and he is also involved with human rights issues.

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.

"The increased number of applications from the different cultures in our province provides the opportunity to appoint a bench that reflects our society," said B.C. Chief Judge Robert Metzger. Walker will start work on March 29 and Dossa, Chen, and Romilly on the 31st.

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