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Justice minister announces judicial appointments in B.C., Ontario

Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 1:22 PM | By Paula Kulig

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on Wednesday announced four appointments to the Supreme Court of British Columbia and one to Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice under the federal government’s new judicial application process.

The new process emphasizes transparency, merit and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity, the department said in a news release.

The following lawyers have been appointed to the B.C. Supreme Court. All four will sit in Vancouver:

Carla L. Forth, a partner at Guild Yule LLP, focused her practice on professional liability in the medical, legal and education fields. She received her law degree from the University of British Columbia and was called to the bar in 1985. Justice Forth, whose work also included disability insurance litigation and municipal liability, earned a master's specializing in health law from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2012. She replaces Justice William Ehrcke, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective July 4, 2016.

Michael Tammen, a sole practitioner, practised law for more than 28 years. He conducted trials and appeals in all courts in B.C., and was counsel on some of the most high-profile criminal cases in the province. Known primarily for his work as a criminal lawyer, both for the defence and the prosecution, Justice Tammen also practised civil litigation and administrative law. Called to the bar in 1989 after graduating from UBC, he has participated as an ad hoc instructor at the UBC McEachern Advocacy Course since its inception in 1999. He replaces Justice C.J. Bruce, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Sept. 23, 2016.

Warren B. Milman, a partner at McCarthy Tétrault in Vancouver, practised civil litigation at the firm for 24 years, focusing on insolvency, commercial litigation, class actions defence and constitutional law. He has also taken on numerous pro bono cases before courts and regulatory tribunals. Justice Milman obtained his bachelor of law and bachelor of civil law from McGill University, and was called to the B.C. bar in 1993. He was also admitted to the bar in California that same year. He replaces Justice S.K. Ballance, who retired at the end of last year.

Nitya Iyer, a partner at Lovett Westmacott in Vancouver, started her career as a law professor, teaching constitutional, administrative and family law at the University of Toronto and then at UBC. She then joined the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, before moving to private practice. Justice Iyer was called to the bar in B.C. in 1994, after receiving her bachelor of law degree from the University of Toronto. She also obtained a master's in law from Harvard University in 1989. She replaces Justice K. Bracken (Victoria), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective March 30, 2017.

In Ontario, Chris de Sa, a Crown counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, will be sitting on the Superior Court of Justice in Newmarket, Ont. After receiving his law degree from the University of Toronto, he practised civil litigation with two law firms before joining the Justice Department as extradition counsel in 2002. Two years later, Justice de Sa became a Crown counsel with the PPSC. He replaces Justice Cory Gilmore, who has been transferred to Toronto to replace Justice K. Whitaker, who retired in May 2016.