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B.C. announces provincial court judicial appointments

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 @ 3:51 PM | By John Chunn

The government of British Columbia announced on July 21 that it is appointing three new provincial court judges and reappointing three senior provincial court judges to increase access to justice for British Columbians.

According to the government's press release, these appointments and reappointments will increase the capacity of the provincial court and further reduce delays in courtrooms throughout the province. The senior judge reappointments provide the court with additional capacity to address the backlog of cases and support the response to COVID-19 impacts on the justice system.

The three senior judges being reappointed, effective July 21, are Jane Cartwright, Thomas Gove and Richard Miller.

These reappointments will be for a term of one year.

The three new judge appointments, effective Aug. 10, 2020, are Wendy Bernt, Tamera Golinsky and Oliver Fleck.

Bernt has practised law in B.C. since February 1999. She has practised exclusively in the area of child protection for the last 15 years and recently began representing the government on child protection matters.

Golinsky has held the position of Crown counsel in Dawson Creek for 15 years. Before this, she worked in two private law firms, primarily doing family and insurance law.

Fleck is currently a Crown counsel and has held this position since 2012. He has spent most of his career as counsel for the federal government, working in the area of international trade agreements and disputes.