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New acting chief judge for British Columbia provincial court

Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 10:38 AM | By Carolyn Gruske


A former associate judge is now the acting chief judge of the provincial court of British Columbia.

Judge Melissa Gillespie was appointed to the role after Judge Thomas J. Crabtree was promoted to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Judge Gillespie has been an associate judge of the court since 2016. She was first sworn in as a provincial court judge in 2012 in the Fraser region, where she has presided ever since. She has also worked as an administrative Crown counsel in Surrey and as regional Crown counsel for the Fraser region.

Judge Gillespie was a member of the executive of the B.C. Provincial Court Judges Association, and she has been actively involved in delivering education programs to judges and judicial justices, as well as to the larger legal community and beyond. She also participated in a Justice Education Society project to strengthen the criminal justice system in Guyana.