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B.C. law society removes statue of 'hanging judge'

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 4:09 PM | By Amanda Jerome

The Law Society of British Columbia decided to remove the statue of Justice Matthew Begbie, known as the "hanging judge," from its lobby last week as a commitment to recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Justice Begbie was the first judge appointed to B.C. in 1858, becoming chief justice in 1869.

“It is a small decision but a very important one for the Tsilhqot’in people and indigenous peoples,” said Grand Chief Ed John, co-chair of the law society’s Truth and Reconciliation Advisory...