BC Provincial Court Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree announced on February 20 that Steven Point and Shannon Keyes have been appointed as judges of the Provincial Court of BC.
Judge Steven Point will be sworn in on March 3, 2014 and will be situate in Chambers in Abbotsford. Judge Point was originally appointed to the Provincial Court in 1999 where he served until 2005, when he took a leave of absence to work as chief commissioner of the BC Treaty Process. He then retired from the bench in 2007, when he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of BC, a position he held until 2012. Judge Point also served as chair of the advisory committee on the safety and security of vulnerable women between December 2012 and May 2013.
Judge Shannon Keyes was sworn in on February 25, 2014 and she will preside in Chambers in Prince George. Judge Keyes has practiced law for 26 years, most recently as Crown counsel with the Criminal Justice Branch. Previously, she worked in private practice with Cobbett and Cotton Barristers and Solicitors, Rubin-Haws and Associate, Barristers and Solicitors and in her own practice. In her time outside her law career, Judge Keyes is an avid cross-country skier who has coached with the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club and the Rocky Mountain Rangers Army Cadets biathlon team.