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Ottawa names judge to B.C. Supreme Court

Monday, May 04, 2020 @ 3:53 PM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) on May 4 announced that Sandra A. Wilkinson, senior legal counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General of British Columbia in Vancouver, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Justice Wilkinson replaces the vacancy created by the transfer of Justice Catherine Murray (Vancouver) into the vacancy created by Justice Brian D. MacKenzie, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Oct. 22, 2019. The vacancy is located in Vancouver.

According to the DOJ’s press release, Justice Wilkinson was born in Pointe Claire, Que., and raised primarily in Scarborough, Ont. She obtained her BA from the University of Toronto in 1989 and bachelor of laws from the University of British Columbia in 1992. She was admitted to the British Columbia bar in 1993 and the California bar in 1999.

Justice Wilkinson began her legal practice as a civil and family law litigator in Vancouver serving the LGBTQ+ communities, and went on to practise in the area of tax and trusts law in California. She returned to Vancouver, where, from 2004 until her appointment, she was legal counsel with the Attorney General of British Columbia, advising and representing provincial financial institution, pension plan, mortgage broker and real estate industry regulators and the Ministry of Finance.

A presenter at numerous continuing legal education events, Justice Wilkinson served as an executive member of Canadian Bar Association practice sections and, at the time of her appointment, a director and executive member of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. She was also a longtime director and president of the British Columbia Government Lawyers Association and a regular contributor to meetings of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.