106 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 1 JANUARY 2019
As can be seen, Tom Crabtree has been greatly valued and admired as a
colleague and a leader. He has left his imprint on the Provincial Court, and
it has advanced resolutely on many important fronts as a result of his solid
judgment and fine example. His kind and steady guiding hand will most
certainly be missed. All judges of the Provincial Court, together with court
staff and a broad swath of the citizenry of this province, join together in
wishing Tom well, now that he has turned a page and begun confronting the
exciting new challenges that lie before him as a justice of the Supreme
Court of British Columbia.
1. Mr. Justice Crabtree is newly appointed to the B.C.
Supreme Court though of course, as this piece
describes, this is not his first time as a judge. See
“New Judges” (1999) 57 Advocate 265 and the Hon
Judge Anthony J Palmer, “On the Front Cover”
(2011) 69 Advocate 175.
2. Former Chief Judge Crabtree was always “Tom” to
the other judges on the Provincial Court, both before
and after he took the mantle of chief judge. That, by
itself, tells a great deal. In keeping with that
approach, the newly sworn in Mr. Justice Crabtree
shall be referred to here, throughout, with the same
3. Tom is known not only for his great accomplishments
but also for his abiding modesty. Because of this, he
would likely shrink from the use of words like “promotion”
or “elevation” to describe his move to the
latest stage in his exciting career trajectory. The late
DMM Goldie, QC, a former justice of the BC Court
of Appeal, referred to that process—quaintly, genteelly
and correctly—as being one of “translation”.
That’s an old English usage that Tom would likely
prefer because it does not carry with it any connotation
of looking down on former colleagues.
4. The song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal
David in 1962 for Jerry Butler. It was most famously
covered, however, by the Walker Brothers in 1965 in
their first studio album, Take it Easy with the Walker