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Pacific atolls, demolishing reefs and poisoning the air and water.) Jeremy’s
impassioned and well-reasoned paper was published by the Law Society
and was adopted by local island governments who sought to ban nuclear
And so the die was cast, before the materialization, marking Jeremy as a
young man who had formidable talents and a keen interest in caring for the
individual, as well a deep concern for his greater community.
In the 1990s, Jeremy S. Guild, as he then was, did not so much materialize;
he presented as very capable counsel and an interesting, congenial person.
Remand and disposition courts, where I worked frequently as Crown
counsel, were invariably busy, and counsel had to meet for negotiations
prior to appearances—always a welcome opportunity to engage.
THE MORE RECENT YEARS†
In 2002, a year after my appointment, I was invited by Judge Jane Godfrey,
the creative and driving force behind Drug Treatment Court Vancouver
(“DTCV”), to join the program. That was the beginning of a much more
enduring connection with Mr. Guild. We have since been on a first-name
basis for a very long time.
The court sat twice weekly and each sitting was preceded by a 90-minute
meeting of the court team and the treatment team. Progress reports on each
participant appearing that day would be discussed and an action plan would
be devised for the following week. The federal prosecutor, now the Honourable
Judge Garth N. Smith, and duty counsel, now the Honourable
Judge Jeremy S. Guild, would have lively, sometimes heated debates over
a participant garnering some degree of censure. Naturally the decision
rested with the presiding judge. During the decade that I participated in
DTCV I was always appreciative of the relationship between counsel that
made for a truly dynamic and successful program. I believe that holds true
for all the judges presiding in DTCV while Mr. Guild was counsel: Judge
Godfrey, Judge Jeanne Watchuk (now Madam Justice Watchuk) and Judge
If you have never met Judge Guild you wouldn’t know he is a tall, lithe
and lean individual. It has been reported that he, while working for the
Legal Services Society, was once assigned a broom closet as an office. While
he may have fit the space, it was less than adequate for his workload. The
very adaptable Mr. Guild is said to have employed cargo pants as his
† The author of “The More Recent Years” is the Honourable Jocelyn Palmer, formerly of the B.C. Provincial Court.