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By the Honourable David Eby, Q.C.*
DIVERSITY IN THE B.C. JUDICIARY
Since becoming Attorney General about six months ago, I have appointed
six new Provincial Court judges across the province. Our government
expects to appoint many more in the months and years ahead. For lawyers
who have considered taking on the challenge and opportunity of a new life
as a Provincial Court judge, there has never been a better time to get an
application in to B.C.’s Judicial Council. I would like to take this opportunity
in the Advocate to target a call for applications to those who come to the bar
from diverse groups across the province. Our judiciary, like our elected officials,
like our public service as a whole, should reflect the diversity of our
We’re not there yet.
If you know a talented lawyer who would make a great judge, someone
who may not have considered applying for a seat on the bench on his or her
own, please reach out to them and encourage them to apply. Beyond that,
I would ask that you make extra efforts to encourage talented individuals
from diverse backgrounds to apply to join our provincial judiciary.
I am grateful to Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree for being a leader in the
call for greater diversity in applications for the position of judge, joined in
leading on this issue by the membership of the Judicial Council of B.C.,
which has acknowledged the need for diversity to be reflected in the judiciary
and has taken steps to encourage a more diverse range of applicants.
The examples of their work done on this file range from the Judicial
Council welcoming accountability and transparency by reporting on the
gender and cultural background of applicants in annual reports, to speeches
* The Honourable David Eby, Q.C., is British Columbia’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General.