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“knows the courtroom”. He is steeped in the lore of the law and the people
in it. This comes from the privileged hours he spent over the years in the
company of the likes of Al McEachern, Bill McIntyre, Mike Goldie, Bill
Esson, Lloyd McKenzie, Joe Wood, Bert Oliver, Mary Southin, Mary Newbury,
Duncan Shaw and Peter Leask. He has, to use an apt saying, “stood on
the shoulders of giants”.
Finally, a word of advice to younger members of the bar. Our new justice
can, from time to time, assume a rather grim visage. You should not assume
that he is angry. When he does it is likely because he is giving careful consideration
to an aspect of the evidence or legal submission. Do not be flummoxed.
If, on the other hand, you observe his face flush a shade of crimson,
we recommend that you take note and conduct yourself accordingly. On all
occasions, however, understand that this is a justice with a sharp, inquisitive
mind coupled with a big heart.
The Honourable Judge Mark Jetté
Mark Jetté was sworn in as a judge of the Provincial
Court of British Columbia on November 10, 2017. He
sits in the Fraser Region, based in Surrey.
Mark was born in Ottawa. His father was in the
financial business and was transferred several times.
When Mark was about a year old, his parents moved
to the San Francisco Bay area, and Mark decided to
go with them. The family lived in East Bay, near Oakland, which explains
Mark’s lifelong devotion to the Oakland A’s and the Raiders.
The family left those warm, sunny climes when Mark was nine or ten
years old, this time for Winnipeg. It was January. Mark learned some immediate
lessons: never willingly get out of a warm, running car; if you are
forced to go outdoors, dress as if for a moonshot; and at recess, minimize
how long you must spend away from warmth by taking as long as possible
dressing in your winter gear. When there is no longer an alternative to venturing
outside, stand against a wall, sheltered from the wind, and marvel at
classmates frolicking in the frigid elements. But the California kid eventu-