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integrity, in what is often summed up as “the finest traditions of the bar”.
He does not dissemble or mislead. His word is his bond. He incisively and
clearly states the issues, and is prepared to admit facts and evidence
which ought not to be contested.
His combination of experience, enthusiasm, integrity and deep understanding
of the areas in which he practises is not commonly found and is
not something one can take for granted. If our office has a prosecution
where Craig is representing the accused, we know that the defence will
be hard-fought, comprehensive and to the point, with a focus on the real
issues in the case. His clients benefit from this approach, as do the courts,
Crown counsel and the justice system as a whole.
That perfectly sums up the professional life of Craig Sturrock, Q.C., and
sets a standard to which all members of our profession should aspire.
J. Marcus Murphy
J. Marcus Murphy has died of lymphoma in Victoria,
B.C. He was 84.
Marcus was born in York, England in 1934. His
mother, Trudie (née Barker), was from York and his
father, Patrick, was from Deal, Kent. Marcus spent
much of World War II in Belfast while his father
served in India and Burma, before the family moved
to Deal after the war. Marcus attended Sir Roger Manwood’s School in Sandwich,
where he excelled as a scholar and as an athlete, playing rugby,
cricket and field hockey. He took a law degree from Birmingham University
and an LL.M. from Gonville & Caius College at the University of Cambridge
As a young graduate, Marcus travelled in the United States on a Fulbright
Scholarship and taught law classes at Northwestern, Marquette and the University
of Wisconsin. He fell in love with the open spaces of North America
and the openness of a society that made him feel welcome.