On Thursday, December 12, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton announced that BC was appointing three new judges to the BC Provincial Court, in order to alleviate caseload pressures and improve access to justice.
Judge Lyndsay Smith was called to the BC bar in 1988, after graduating from UBC Law in 1987. She worked as Crown counsel, then as ad hoc federal counsel before joining the federal Department of Justice in 1993. In 1998, Judge Smith began her own practice and was a sole practitioner until January 2012. Her practice focused largely on ad hoc federal and provincial Crown counsel work.
Judge Richard Hewson graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1987. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Canadian Army and served four more years. He received his law degree from UVic Law in 1994. In 2012 he began work on a masters of laws from Osgoode Hall. Judge Hewson was called to the BC bar in 1995. He started his career with Boulton Muldoon, continued it at Davidson & Co. and then moved on to Richard Hewson Law Corporation. He also was a legal officer with the Office of the Judge Advocate General.
Judge Lisa Wyatt was called to the bar in 1991, after graduating with her law degree from UBC Law in 1990. She began her career at Porter Ramsay, first as an articled student and then as an associate. In 1996, she moved to Pushor Mitchell LLP, where she started as an associate and then became a partner. Judge Wyatt’s practice focused on family law during these years. She is also a past president of the Kelowna Bar Association and has been an elected member of the CBA’s Provincial Council.
Judge Lyndsay Smith was appointment in effective January 6, 2014. Judge Hewson’s appointment is effective December 23, 2013 and Judge Wyatt’s appointment is effective December 30, 2013.