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  INFORMATION BULLETIN 

For Immediate Release

2005AG0025-000710

July 29, 2005

Ministry of Attorney General

 

FOUR NEW PROVINCIAL COURT JUDGES APPOINTED

 


VICTORIA – Four British Columbians have been appointed judges of the British Columbia provincial court, Attorney General Wally Oppal announced today.

 

Bradford J. Chapman was called to the bar in 1982. He has been in private practice as well as serving with Crown counsel. Mr. Chapman co-ordinated gang prosecutions in the Vancouver region for more than 10 years. Since 1998, he has served as Deputy Regional Crown counsel and acting Regional Crown counsel in Kelowna. Mr. Chapman is appointed to the provincial court in Kelowna, effective August 29, 2005.

 

Anne K. Wallace, QC was called to the bar in 1981. Ms. Wallace has considerable experience both in private practice and as a Crown prosecutor, in both provincial and federal settings in Vancouver, Nanaimo and Victoria. She has been active with the Law Society of BC, the Canadian Bar Association and the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. Ms. Wallace will also sit on the bench in Kelowna, effective August 29, 2005.

 

Darrell J. O’Byrne, QC was called to the bar in 1980. Mr. O’Byrne has lived and worked in northern B.C. for more than 25 years. He has considerable private practice experience in criminal, youth and family matters. Mr. O’Byrne is appointed to the provincial court in Prince George, effective August 29, 2005.

 

Karen Walker was called to the bar in 1987 and has had extensive experience in criminal matters in private practice. Ms. Walker has also been active with the Canadian Bar Association Criminal Justice Section. She is appointed to the provincial court in Prince George, effective August 29, 2005.

 

The process to appoint judges involves several steps. Interested lawyers apply, and the candidates are then reviewed by the B.C. Judicial Council, a committee that includes the Chief Judge, other judges, lawyers and lay people.

 

They recommend potential judges to the Attorney General. The final appointment is made by an order-in-council. More information about the appointment process can be found at www.provincialcourt.bc.ca.

 

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