The BC Court of Appeal has announced that a special sitting will be held to honour the late Honourable Judge Josiah Wood, who passed away on June 9, 2014 of pancreatic cancer.
Josiah (Joe) Wood graduated from UBC Law in 1967. He served as a Supreme Court judge from 1983 to 1989, then a Court of Appeal judge from 1989 to 1996. He had been back in private practice for a decade when his firm would have forced him to retire earlier than he wanted, so he returned to the bench as a Provincial Court judge in Duncan in 2007.
According to the obituary in the Times Colonist, “Josiah Wood was the only provincial court judge with a resumé that included stints at the two higher levels of the B.C. judiciary.”
Wood will be remembered as a civil libertarian, defender of the marginalized and poor, and champion of First Nations and women’s justice initiatives.
Read more about his life in the Times Colonist: Obituary: Obituary: For judge Josiah (Joe) Wood, love mattered most and Judge Josiah (Joe) Wood was a champion of the needy, and in the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial: Local legal eagle Judge Josiah Wood dead at 73.
The BCCA’s special sitting will be held on Friday, 26 September 2014 at 4:15 p.m. in Courtroom 60 of the Vancouver Law Courts.