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For Immediate Release


Oct. 24, 2006

Ministry of Attorney General

and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism




VICTORIA – Maria Francesca Giardini has been appointed a judge of the British Columbia Provincial Court, Attorney General Wally Oppal announced today.


Ms. Giardini has practised with Davis & Company in Vancouver since 1995. Over her 30-year career, she has been involved extensively in civil law and has worked as counsel for a variety of boards, including the Labour Relations Board and the board of review for the Workers’ Compensation Board.


Ms. Giardini was born in Italy and raised in Vancouver. She earned her law degree at the University of British Columbia and was called to the British Columbia bar in 1975. She will take her seat on the bench in the Vancouver region on October 30, 2006.


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.


The council recommends 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






Seumas Gordon

Public Affairs Officer

Ministry of Attorney General

250 387-4962

250 812-4068 (cell)


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