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Province of British Columbia
INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2015JAG0293-001993
Nov. 30, 2015
Ministry of Justice
B.C. appoints new provincial court judges

VICTORIA – The B.C. Government is appointing four new provincial court judges to ensure the court continues to provide access to justice.

The appointments and their effective dates include:

  • Judge Robert Brown – Dec. 7, 2015
  • Judge Judith Thorne Doulis – Dec. 7, 2015
  • Judge Deanne Gaffar – Dec. 4, 2015
  • Judge Alexander Wolf – Dec. 7, 2015

British Columbia’s judicial system is recognized as one of the best in the world, thanks in part to the diversity, experience and knowledge of its judges. The judges will be assigned to locations determined by the chief judge to meet the needs of the court.

Quick Facts:

  • British Columbia has about 150 provincial court judges who serve more than 80 court locations.
  • Although judges are located in a judicial region, many travel regularly throughout the province to meet changing demands.
  • How judges are appointed:
    • Interested lawyers apply and the B.C. Judicial Council – made up of a chief judge, provincial court judges, lawyers and lay people – reviews the candidates.
    • The council recommends potential judges to B.C.’s Attorney General, with the final appointments made through an order-in-council.

 

Learn More:

Information about the judicial appointment process: www.provincialcourt.bc.ca/about-the-court/judicial-officers/judges-court

 
Media Contact:
 
Ministry of Justice
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 213-3602
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release
2015JAG0293-001993
Nov. 30, 2015
Ministry of Justice
Provincial court judge biographies

Judge Robert G. P. Brown For more than 20 years, Judge Brown has gained significant experience as an agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. He earned a law degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1979 and maintains professional memberships in the British Columbia Law Society and the Alberta Law Society. As a partner at Thompson, LeRose & Brown in Trail, B.C. since 1994, he also has extensive experience in family law, defense counsel and general civil litigation.

Judge Judith Thorne Doulis – Since her call to the bar in 1998, after receiving a law degree from UBC, Judge Doulis has earned experience in family law, civil litigation, criminal law and human rights law and worked for the Community Legal Assistance Society in Vancouver and in private practice. She has been both an Administrative Crown Counsel and Environmental Crown Counsel. Ms. Doulis has demonstrated a strong commitment to continued professional development, both as an instructor and as a participant.

Judge Deanne Gaffar – The legal career of Judge Gaffar includes extensive experience as defense counsel in criminal cases. She has gained expertise in administrative tribunals for mental health and human rights and served as counsel for professional regulatory colleges. Since graduating from the UBC with a law degree in 1993, Ms. Gaffar has conducted complex cases involving criminal charges and became a part-time instructor with the UBC Faculty of Law. Through the UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues, she has provided judicial training for the International Criminal Court (The Hague).

Judge Alexander M. D. Wolf – Judge Wolf has legal experience in Canada, India, the Philippines and Fiji. Since receiving his law degree from Dalhousie University in 1993, he has been called to the bar in Ontario, Yukon, Northwest Territories, B.C. and Fiji. Mr. Wolf has gained expertise as a Crown Prosecutor, defence counsel, poverty lawyer, legal aid lawyer and sole practitioner. His legal career includes residential school cases for the Justice Department and management of the Vancouver Aboriginal Law Centre, which deals with Aboriginal, family and poverty law issues. Since 2004, he has concentrated on his private practice in North Vancouver.

 
Media Contact:
 
Ministry of Justice
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 213-3602
 

 
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