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VOL. 76 PART 3 MAY 2018
offence of alarming the queen reportedly derived from an incident in the
early 1840s when a miscreant aimed a firearm at Queen Victoria without
bullets in the weapon. There has been some discussion of removing the
offence of “alarming”—if you know the status of these efforts, let us know
(not that we plan to do anything alarming once free to do so).
The Provincial Court saw six recent appointments: Judge Jeremy S. Guild,
Judge Kristen D. Mundstock, Judge George Leven, Judge Diana L. Dorey,
Judge Peter A. McDermick and Judge Andrew Tam. Judge Guild comes
from the criminal bar and the Legal Services Society. He is assigned to the
Interior Region. Judge Mundstock was the managing partner at Patten
Thornton and will sit in the Fraser Region. Judge Leven was a sole practitioner
in Prince George and a board member with the Prince George Activator
Society and the Northern John Howard Society. He will sit in the
Northern Region. Judge Dorey practised at Dolden Wallace Folick and
served in a variety of roles with the CBABC. She will sit in the Fraser Region.
Judge McDermick was a sole practitioner in Abbotsford and, among other
things, was involved in the Fraser Valley Criminal Law Association, the Law
Students’ Legal Advice Program and the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society.
Judge Tam was a partner at Mulligan Tam Pearson and served as the
treasurer of the CBA. He also co-chaired the CBA criminal justice section
meetings. He will sit in the Interior Region.
In related news, the Honourable Judge Melissa Ann Gillespie, Q.C.,
and the Honourable Judge Susan Elaine Wishart were both redesignated
as Associate Chief Judges of the Provincial Court of British Columbia for
terms ending April 15 and May 15, 2021 respectively.
The opening ceremony for the Prince George Indigenous Court took place
at the Prince George Civic Centre on Friday, March 23, 2018. An Indigenous
Court is a sentencing court that operates on a restorative and holistic
approach. It provides an Indigenous perspective to sentencing Indigenous
persons who have acknowledged responsibility for a criminal offence. After
completing an orientation program, local Indigenous Elders and Knowledge
Keepers participate by offering advice on a healing plan. The judge may
incorporate the healing plan in the sentence given to the Indigenous person
who has pled guilty. This is B.C.’s sixth Indigenous Court. The others operate
in New Westminster, North Vancouver, Duncan, Kamloops and the
Nicola Valley (Merritt).
The Rick Hansen Foundation recently named the "Lyall Knott BC Neurotrama
Professorship Endowment" in recognition of the endowment fund