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Judge elevated in British Columbia

Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 10:47 AM | By Carolyn Gruske

Justice Thomas J. Crabtree, of the Provincial Court of British Columbia, has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Chilliwack.

Before being made a judge, Justice Crabtree practised in the Fraser Valley for nearly 15 years.  

He was originally named to the bench in 1999. In 2010, Justice Crabtree was appointed chief judge and he served in this capacity until his appointment to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

During his tenure as chief judge, the court undertook a number of measures to improve accessibility to the court and the effectiveness of court procedures. It also engaged with communities throughout the province, added a new child protection initiative in New Westminster, and supported the development of five Indigenous courts (North Vancouver, Duncan, Kamloops, Merritt and Prince George).

Throughout his career, Justice Crabtree has been committed to judicial education. He has been a regular presenter and contributor to judicial education programs and served as a governor of the National Judicial Institute.

He replaces the late Justice Brian Michael Joyce, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective April 4, 2016.