790 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 5 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE
An article in our July 2017 issue described the resources offered through
Justice Access Centres (“JACs”) in British Columbia: (2017) 75 Advocate 523.
JACs continue to play a very important role, but we have an update to provide:
funding for mediation advisors ceased (well after the article was submitted
to us for publication), so they are no longer part of the “food court”
of service options available.
Wrote Justice Louis D. Brandeis extra-judicially: “Publicity is justly commended
as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be
the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice, has, in part,
answered the wishes of Chief Justice Hinkson with the recent appointment
of a number of Supreme Court justices. Recently added to the
Supreme Court bench were Ward K. Branch, Q.C., of Branch MacMaster;
Carla L. Forth, Q.C., of Guild Yule; Michael Tammen, Q.C., a sole practitioner;
Warren B. Milman, of McCarthy Tétrault; Michael J. Brundrett,
Crown counsel with the Ministry of Justice of British Columbia; Nitya Iyer,
Q.C., of Lovett Westmacott; and Janet Winteringham, Q.C., of Winteringham
MacKay. All will be resident in Vancouver.
In other locales, Leonard “Len” Marchand, Jr., a judge of the Provincial
Court of British Columbia, was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in
Kelowna. Palbinder Kaur Shergill, Q.C., a sole practitioner, was appointed
a judge of the Supreme Court in New Westminster.
There have also been a number of departures from the Supreme Court.
Madam Justice E.A. Arnold-Bailey retired effective June 1, 2017. Mr. Justice
Bruce Josephson, Supreme Court, at New Westminster, retired effective
April 22, 2017. Madam Justice Marvyn Koenigsberg, Supreme Court,
at Vancouver, retired effective March 26, 2017. Madam Justice Wendy Harris,
Supreme Court, at Vancouver, retired effective April 30, 2017.
Mr. Justice Stephen Kelleher, Supreme Court, at Vancouver, became a
supernumerary judge, effective May 10, 2017. Mr. Justice Keith Bracken,
Supreme Court, at Victoria, became a supernumerary judge, effective
March 30, 2017.
Sharon Kearney became manager of discipline and unauthorized practice
at the Law Society of British Columbia, in July 2017. She has been in practice
for 30 years, in both the private and public sector. From 2008 to 2016 she was
counsel with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General in its labour,
employment and human rights group; she subsequently was involved in
instructing administrative law courses and developing the curriculum for
the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals. In her new role she is responsi-