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B.C. adds three provincial court judges

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 9:32 AM | By John Chunn

Three new provincial judges have joined the British Columbia bench to fill vacancies created by retirements.

They are, Judge Anja Brown and Judge Trudy Agnes MacDonald, effective July 3, 2018; and Judge Linda Thomas, effective July 5, 2018.

Judge Brown received a bachelor of laws (LLB) from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1997, and worked as a sole practitioner before joining Braker and Company in 2000, and Mandell Pinder LLP in 2009.
Throughout her career, she has worked with Indigenous communities on legal matters, including fisheries rights, child protection, taxation and governance. She has also served as a student mentor for the Canadian Bar Association and sat on its Judicial Advisory Council. Judge Brown will be assigned to the Fraser Region.

Judge MacDonald received an LLB from UBC in 1993. She began her career working on family support matters and went on to launch a family law litigation practice. Her focus has been on family law mediation and collaborative family law, with particular commitment to giving voice to youth in family matters. She has regularly provided advice to provincial family justice counsellors and on federal law initiatives. Judge MacDonald will be assigned to the Fraser Region.

Judge Thomas received an LLB from UBC in 2000. She has experience working as a sole practitioner and for First Nations government and nonprofit organizations. She has focused primarily on child protection and family law mediation and also has a background in prison law.

She has worked extensively to develop and facilitate legal information workshops with law advocates, family support workers and Indigenous communities. Judge Thomas will be assigned to the Northern Region.