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tice Branch drew upon this background when it appointed him to the Vulnerable
Victim and Witness Resource Counsel Group, charged with developing
best practices and providing advice to Crown counsel dealing with
child witnesses and victims of crime. He quickly stood out in his ability to
develop a rapport with young victims and witnesses in the most trying of
circumstances. His success was such that shortly before his appointment to
the bench, the Criminal Justice Branch promoted him to the position of
administrative Crown counsel for Fort St. John and Fort Nelson.
In Fort St. John, he stood out in other ways. He became perhaps the bestdressed
citizen of that hardhat-and-overalls town, and was frequently to be
seen strolling down 100th Street in one of its few three-piece suits, pocket
square at the ready and adjusted to just the right angle. His unorthodox golf
swing with the softball bat astonished the Crown softball team and discomfited
its opponents. And, of course, he continued to live out the action, if
not the plot, of Borg vs McEnroe on the city’s tennis courts. There are even
those who claim that, in the summer, Peter could be seen paddling his
kayak on Charlie Lake, though such reports remain uncorroborated.
Among members of the local bar he developed a good rapport and the
reputation he first earned in his travelling prosecution days for common
sense in his sentencing positions. There, too, he became known for the formality,
clarity and exquisite grammatical correctness of his writing style.
He eschewed “c u l8r” and other such pleasantries of our vulgar age in even
his most informal written communication. We look forward to seeing his
attention to the integrity of the written word in the judgments which he will
soon be producing.
Judge Whyte will shortly (at the time of this writing) be assuming a new
judicial position in Williams Lake. Williams Lake is not Fort St. John, the
North Shore or the Downtown Eastside. We have no beer parlour ejections
to report: have we yet shown that Judge Whyte meets Hurley’s precondition
We are confident that the experience and the compassion garnered from
his social work background and social work-inspired legal work, in disparate
communities, have earned him just the sort of life experience which
will serve him well in his new role in a new community.
1. “The Role of the Judiciary in Canada” (2000),
2. Attributed, more or less, to Winston Churchill, who is
said to have exclaimed, in response to a hypercorrective
memo: “This is the kind of tedious nonsense
up with which I will not put.”