The federal Department of Justice announced last week that the Honourable Madam Justice Jennifer Power, formerly Regional Crown Counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General (Victoria), is now a member of The Supreme Court of British Columbia in Nanaimo.
She replaces Mr. Justice D.L. Halfyard, who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of July 14, 2009. The Minister of Justice gives some background on Justice Power in the press release announcing the appointment:
Madam Justice Power received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (Political Science and Economics)in 1983 as well as a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in 1986 from the University of Victoria. She received a Master of Law (LL.M.) from the University of Cambridge, London, England in 1990. She was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1987 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006.
Madam Justice Power has been Regional Crown Counsel in Victoria since 2001; Deputy Crown Counsel (North Island 1997-2001); Administrative Crown Counsel (1995-1997) and Crown Counsel (1990-1995). She was also legal counsel for the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (1988-1989). Her main areas of practice were supervision of all prosecutions on Vancouver Island and providing legal advice to Crown Counsel, the police and other justice partners. She was also responsible for legal, operational and policy decisions regarding most complex cases.
Madam Justice Power has been an organizer and panellist for the Annual Crown Counsel Conference (2005-2008). She is a member of Métis Nation of Greater Victoria.
And according to the BCSC news item, a public Welcoming Ceremony for Madam Justice Power will be held on a date to be scheduled.