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Judge appointed to B.C. Supreme Court

Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 12:20 PM | By John Chunn

The Department of Justice announced that Veronica Jackson, senior counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General of British Columbia, has appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver.

She replaces Justice Heather J. Holmes, who was appointed associate chief justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia on June 21, 2018.

Justice Jackson was born in New Brunswick, raised in Manitoba, and later moved to British Columbia. She received her LL.B. from the University of Alberta in 1992 and her LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2010. She was called to the Manitoba bar in 1993 and the British Columbia bar in 2007 and began her legal career as a criminal prosecutor with Manitoba Justice. She later joined the Winnipeg law firm of Scurfield Tapper Cuddy (now Tapper Cuddy LLP), where her practice included commercial litigation, professional regulation, criminal defence work and child protection cases.

From 2007 until her appointment, Justice Jackson practised as part of the Legal Services Branch of the B.C. Ministry of Attorney General, first with the constitutional and administrative law group and most recently undertaking tax and constitutional litigation with the revenue and taxation group.

She has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria's Faculty of Law, where she has taught legal ethics and professionalism since 2014.

Throughout her career, Justice Jackson has been committed to equality and diversity. She is a former member of the National Legal Committee of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), a former chair of the Canadian Bar Association's Women Lawyers Forum and its Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section, and has been recognized both for her contribution towards the promotion of equality in the legal profession and her pro bono work on behalf of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba.

She has been a frequent contributor to a variety of legal and community education programs and has served on the boards of several community and arts organizations, including the Belfry Theatre in Victoria and the Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg.

Justice Jackson and her husband Bill, a professional engineer, have two adult children.