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B.C. appoints three judges to provincial court

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 4:58 PM | By John Chunn

The British Columbia government announced it is appointing three new provincial court judges to support the judiciary with the resources required to continue providing access to justice.

The three new judges being appointed are Martin Nadon, effective April 6, 2021; Jodie Harris, effective April 12, 2021; and Michelle Stanford, effective April 12, 2021.

According to the press release from the Ministry of the Attorney General, Justice Harris has dedicated 15 years to public service as a prosecutor in the provincial court and Supreme Court of British Columbia. Justice Harris started her career in corporate and commercial litigation as an articled student and associate at Blake Cassels and Graydon, LLP in Vancouver. Four years later, her focus changed to criminal litigation in her role as Crown counsel with the BC Prosecution Service. When she was not practising law, she engaged in community outreach, educating law students and police agencies in various capacities and guest lecturing.

After six years in acute care and as a head nurse, Justice Stanford shifted to a career in law, attending law school and articling at a firm specializing in personal injury law. She has been a lawyer for 27 years and has developed a varied practice in Kamloops that includes administrative and criminal law, as well as work as a special prosecutor. Justice Stanford was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2018 and was the first Black and female bencher in Kamloops and Yale County.

Justice Nadon has practised law for almost 30 years. He began his legal career at a firm in Nanaimo where he worked in all practice areas with an emphasis on family and civil litigation. Five years later, he opened his own practice in Kelowna specializing in criminal law. Since 2001, he has been Crown counsel for the Ministry of Attorney General, having conducted a range of trials in provincial court and Supreme Court. Having worked with people from all walks of life, Justice Nadon attributes much of his success to understanding the lives of the people who go before the courts.