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VOL. 77 PART 3 MAY 2019
The Honourable Judge Jeremy Guild
A new judge, like His Honour Jeremy Guild, materializes.
Yes, materializes it would seem, like prototypical
Star Trek cast members beaming down to an
unknown land. The shimmering stops, but the similarities
between new judge and TV cast continue:
both must solve problems with ingenuity. Along the
way an accord is reached amidst conflict with other
entities and a moral message relevant to contemporary life is conveyed.
The metaphor, of the recently materialized judge as Kirkian explorer,
peacemaker and moralizer, is somewhat helpful. There may be no foamfilled
monsters or supervillains with bulging craniums, but there are multiparty
cases with self-reps and mountains of case precedent to wade
Rather than having the metaphor expire, like a 42-minute episode, telling
us nothing about how this materialization happened, I will endeavour with
my colleague, Her Honour Judge Palmer (ret’d), to recount Judge Guild’s
backstory. Of course, the story before the story is the most important
episode of them all. After all, who are these people, the recently materialized
judges, about whom so little is known yet who are entrusted with so
THE EARLY YEARS*
Born to Julius and Josephine Guild, and little brother to sister Susan,
Jeremy was raised in Edmonton—all ordinary enough—yet there were
glimmers of intellectual and physical prowess: early skill at Monopoly,
good grades in school, excellence as a downhill ski racer and considerable
pluck shown as a competitive cyclist. Of course there are many good students,
and plenty of skilled athletes, and who isn’t good at board games?
Let me tell you about ski racing in the 1970s and ’80s. Jeremy and I were
teammates. Of course there was the mind-blasting fun of the speed and the
g-forces and, albeit rarely, the achievement of finishing a race somewhere
close to the front. Speed is your friend, and sometimes a frenemy.
Back then, ski racing was not the deeply scientific sport of today. There was
little effective training, but there were plenty of dangerous courses and prim-
* The author of “The Early Years” is the Honourable Judge Karl Wilberg of the Alberta Provincial Court.