THE ADVOCATE 897
VOL. 76 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2018
By R.C. Tino Bella
The Honourable Judge Nancy Adams
Nancy Adams, appointed a travelling judge of the
B.C. Provincial Court in March 2017, has come to rest
in the Richmond courthouse. After more than a year
spent in courtrooms around the province, from
Prince Rupert and Fort St. James to Penticton, her
“have gavel, will travel” lifestyle will be reduced to a
mere commute from North Vancouver.
Rest, however, is not a word that most people associate with Nancy, who
is known for her effervescence, her sense of humour, her compassion and
the energy that made her a prominent member of the Vancouver Crown
counsel office, a dedicated member of the defence bar, a founding member
of “Women in Crime” (a group formed to support women in professions
related to criminal law) and a volunteer with the Innocence Project.
Born in North Vancouver and raised in Ottawa by parents born into the
Great Depression and formed during military service in the Second World
War, Nancy comes from a family that emphasizes hard work and service to
community. She attended university at Queen’s for a bachelor’s degree in
science, initially considering going to medical school. Law school called
unexpectedly when Nancy found herself with a few free hours on a Saturday
and decided to write the LSAT. The rest is history.
After law school Nancy’s path took her back to Vancouver when she articled
in the litigation department at what was then Harper Grey Easton. But
she longed to sink her teeth into more court work, a longing that took her
first to the Crown office and then to the Vancouver defence bar, all while
raising her two sons, Ben and Yoni, who are now in their twenties. While
Nancy was an accomplished and passionate litigator, her greatest joy in life
is the close and loving relationship she shares with her two boys.