900 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2018
Asked to summarize Nancy, a lawyer friend produced the following
adjectives: tenacious, good-humoured, funny, unselfish, sensitive, hardworking,
capable and smart.
Not a bad list of qualities to bring to the bench, a position well suited to
such a kind, compassionate and intelligent woman—and one that conveniently
conceals any defects in one’s shoes. The Provincial Court and the
people of British Columbia are tremendously fortunate to have Nancy
Adams serve as a judge of the court.
The Honourable Judge Diana L. Dorey
Diana Dorey was appointed to the Provincial Court
on April 9, 2018. This came as no surprise to her
many fans: the bench is the perfect setting for
Diana’s prodigious talents. She brings tremendous
competence, energy, integrity and compassion to
her new role.
With the benefit of hindsight, it seems obvious
that Diana has been honing her judicial skills from an early age. She was a
North Vancouver girl (no relation to the “North Vancouver Boys” of the notorious
YouTube video), growing up in Deep Cove when it was just a sleepy
village. She still makes her home in North Van, clearly a sign of superior
judgment. Her dad was a popular high school teacher, her mom a homemaker.
The oldest of three, Diana quickly figured out how to ride herd over
her younger brothers. This will prove useful in controlling her courtroom.
After high school, Diana got into crime—always on the right side of the
law, of course—studying criminology at SFU. This brought her life-shaping
experiences such as working as a summer constable with the RCMP in
Cranbrook and as an intern at a legal aid clinic in Frobisher Bay (now
Iqaluit) on Baffin Island. A particular highlight was a trip with the court
party to Cape Dorset for criminal remand and trials. Few big-city lawyers
get such an intimate glimpse of small community work.