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INFORMATION BULLETIN

2010AG0030-001570
Dec. 20, 2010

Ministry of Attorney General

 

 

NEW JUDGE APPOINTED TO PROVINCIAL COURT IN SURREY

 

VICTORIA – James Donald Bahen has been appointed to the British Columbia Provincial Court in Surrey, Attorney General Barry Penner, QC, announced today.

 

            Bahen will take his seat Jan. 4, 2011.

 

Bahen received a law degree from the University of Toronto in 1983. He has practised law in Vancouver for 25 years, focusing on criminal cases. Bahen participated in Vancouver’s Downtown Community Court advisory committee and helped create the Provincial Court’s committee on mentally disordered offenders. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s law faculty since 1994.

 

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: www.provincialcourt.bc.ca

 

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Media Contact:

 

Dave Townsend

Senior Public Affairs Officer

Ministry of Attorney General

250 387-4962

250 889-5945 (cell)

 

 

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