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Vancouver lawyer appointed B.C. Supreme Court judge

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 1:45 PM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on July 3 that Lindsay M. Lyster, partner at Moore Edgar Lyster LLP in Vancouver, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Justice Lyster replaces Justice Arne H. Silverman (Vancouver), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Nov. 26, 2019.

According to the DOJ’s press release, Justice Lyster was born in Armstrong, B.C., and grew up on the family ranch with her sisters, Kim and Lea. She received her BA in history from the University of Victoria in 1986 and her LLB from the University of British Columbia in 1991, graduating as the gold medallist.

Justice Lyster served as law clerk to former chief justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada. She then articled and was an associate at Heenan Blaikie in Vancouver, where she practised labour and public law. In 2002, she became a member of the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. In 2010, she joined what soon became Moore Edgar Lyster LLP, where she practised labour, administrative and human rights law. Justice Lyster appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 2018.

Justice Lyster was the president of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association for many years and has been an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law, teaching labour arbitration, administrative, human rights and constitutional law.