BC Attorney General Michael de Jong, QC, conferred the honour of a Queen’s Counsel appointment on 24 British Columbia lawyers last week.
As noted in the announcement,
The Queen’s counsel designation is an honour conferred on members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and contribution. Successful candidates demonstrate professional integrity and good character and must be members of the British Columbia bar for at least five years.
Each September, the attorney general calls for Queen’s counsel nominations from the public. All applications were reviewed by an advisory committee, which recommended deserving candidates to the attorney general. The appointments were made by cabinet.
The advisory committee includes the chief justice of British Columbia, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the chief judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the president of the Law Society of British Columbia and a Law Society member appointed by the benchers (directors). The committee also seeks the views of the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. branch).
A full list of the new QCs, along with biographical information, is given in the Backgrounder to the announcement.