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Judicial appointments announced for British Columbia, Yukon

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 11:54 AM | By Carolyn Gruske

A judge has been elevated and a member of the bar has joined the bench in British Columbia.

Justice Susan A. Griffin, a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, was appointed a justice of the British Columbia Court of Appeal and a judge of the Yukon Court of Appeal.

Justice Griffin was a civil litigator for 23 years before initially being named to the bench. As a legal writer, she is co-author of The Conduct of Civil Litigation in British ColumbiaJustice Griffin is also one of the people behind the development of a video series on advocacy skills for junior litigators (CLEBC Advocacy Toolkit).

She replaces Justice Richard B. T. Goepel, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Sept. 30, 2016.            

Diane MacDonald, who has served as general counsel for the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Before working with the teachers federation, Justice MacDonald was with Victory Square Law Office LLP in Vancouver. Throughout her career, her focus has been on labour law, constitutional law and human rights. Justice MacDonald has served as co-counsel on two Charter cases before the Supreme Court of Canada: one on a s. 15 case about equality for women claiming pregnancy and parental leave and one on a s. 2(d) case about duty to consult in good faith.

She replaces Justice Peter D. Leask, who retired effective Sept. 18, 2017.