THE ADVOCATE 611
VOL. 77 PART 4 JULY 2019
By R.C. Tino Bella
The Honourable Judge Georgia Docolas
Georgia Docolas was appointed a judge of the Provincial
Court of British Columbia on October 25, 2018.
Georgia practised criminal defence law and served
the legal community for 26 years. She will be sitting
in Surrey, serving the Fraser region.
Georgia was born in Montreal in 1966, the second of
three children. Her parents were Greek immigrants
who soon tired of the frozen Quebec winters and moved the family west, eventually
settling in Delta. Georgia’s parents opened an iconic restaurant in their
home community. For generations, with the support of the whole Docolas
family, this restaurant has been a popular gathering place for local residents.
Much of Georgia’s deep community spirit and strong family connection can
be traced to her early experience working alongside her family.
Georgia excelled in high school and was a particularly talented hockey
player. In the early days of her hockey career there were no girls’ teams, so
she played with the boys. By high school this had changed, and Georgia captained
several girls’ teams. Whether she was playing with the girls or the
boys, she was always a top scorer.
Georgia obtained her B.A. from UBC in 1988 and continued her education
at UVic law school, graduating with an LL.B. in 1991. She articled at the
Department of Justice and following her call frequently appeared as agent
for the federal Crown in Richmond. In 1994 she joined the provincial Crown
Counsel office at 222 Main Street, where she was responsible for a heavy
caseload of daily trial work. Georgia was a generous and supportive colleague,
always willing to listen and provide advice.
Georgia remained with the Crown until 2000, when she decided to try her
luck as defence counsel. Georgia spent much of her career as a sole practi-