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INFORMATION BULLETIN

For Immediate Release

2005AG0035-001062

Nov. 18, 2005

Ministry of Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism

 

NEW PROVINCIAL COURT JUDGES APPOINTED

 


VICTORIA Richard Romano, Donald Gardner, Paul Dohm and Gregory Rideout have been appointed judges of the British Columbia Provincial Court, Attorney General Wally Oppal announced today.

 

Mr. Romano has served as Crown Counsel since 1989, as Administrative Crown Counsel and Trial Crown Counsel, in addition to five years in private practice. He has been Deputy Regional Crown Counsel for the Fraser Region since 2004. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1982 and was called to the bar in 1983. He will be posted to Abbotsford effective Dec. 2, 2005.

 

Mr. Gardner has been a lawyer in private practice for 22 years, gaining extensive experience in the area of criminal law. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1978 and was called to the bar the following year. He will be posted to Abbotsford, effective Dec. 2, 2005.

 

Mr. Dohm has practised law for 12 years, as Crown Counsel and in private practice. He has experience in the areas of criminal law and civil litigation. Mr. Dohm graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1989 and was called to the bar in 1990. Mr. Dohm is posted to the Lower Mainland, effective Dec. 2, 2005.

 

Mr. Rideout was called to the bar in 1979 and has practised law for 25 years in private practice, most recently as a sole practitioner. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria, and has experience in the areas of criminal and family law, and civil litigation. Mr. Rideout will be posted to the Lower Mainland, effective Dec. 2, 2005.

 

The process to appoint judges involves several steps. Interested lawyers apply, and the B.C. Judicial Council, a committee made up of the chief judge, other judges, lawyers, and lay people, then reviews the candidates. They recommend potential judges to the Attorney General, with the final appointment made through a cabinet order-in-council.

 

More information about the appointment process can be found at www.provincialcourt.bc.ca.

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250 387-4961

 

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