New BC Supreme Court Judges Announced

December 30, 2013

On December 18, four new justices were appointed by the federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General Peter MacKay to the BC Supreme Court. The new justices are the Honourable George K. Macintosh, the Honourable Nigel P. Kent, the Honourable Jennifer M.I. Duncan and the Honourable Neena Sharma. Appointments are effective immediately.

The Honourable George K. Macintosh was formerly a lawyer with Farris, Vaughn, Wills and Murphy LLP in Vancouver. He obtained his LLB from Dalhousie University in 19072 and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1974 and the Alberta Bar in 1980. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987. Mr. Justice Macintosh practiced with Farris, Vaughn, Wills & Murphy LLP since 1974. His main areas of practice were civil litigation, administrative law, constitutional law and arbitration.

The Honourable Nigel P. Kent, formerly a lawyer with Clark Wilson LLP in Vancouver, is appointed a judge to replace Mr. Justice R.B.T. Goepel, who was recently appointed to the Court of Appeal of BC. Mr. Justice Kent received his LLB from Dalhousie University in 1980 and he was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1981. He was admitted to the BC Bar in 1991, the year he came to work at Clark Wilson LLP. His main practice area was civil litigation, including insurance law, corporate and commercial law, personal injury, and professional liability law.

The Honourable Jennifer M.I. Duncan, formerly Crown Counsel with the Ministry of Justice, Criminal Justice Branch, in Vancouver , is appointed a judge of the BC Supreme Court to replace Madam Justice R.J. Dillon, who elected to become a supernumerary judge. Madam Justice Duncan received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia in 1990 and was called to the Bar of BC in 1992. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2012. Madam Justice Duncan served as Crown counsel for the BC Ministry of Justice, Criminal Justice Branch – Criminal Appeals in Vancouver from 1998 until her appointment to the Supreme Court of BC. Her main practice area was criminal law and, more recently, criminal appellate advocacy.

The Honourable Neena Sharma. formerly a lawyer with the Ministry of Justice in Vancouver, is appointed a judge of the BC Supreme Court to replace Madam Justice W.G. Baker, who elected to become a supernumerary judge. Madam Justice Sharma obtained her LLB from the University of Victoria in 1990 and was called to the BC Bar in 1992. From 1995 until her appointment to the bench, she was legal counsel with the BC Ministry of Justice, Legal Services Branch. Before that she was an associate at Alexander Holburn Beaudoin & Lang.  She also served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada. Her main practice area was civil litigation with a focus on constitutional and administrative law and, more recently, labour relations.

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