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Ottawa appoints two judges in B.C.

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 8:37 AM | By John Chunn


The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) on Dec. 20 announced the appointment of two judges in British Columbia.

According to the DOJ’s press release, J. Christopher Grauer, a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, is appointed a justice of  the Court of Appeal for British Columbia. Justice Grauer replaces Justice J.E.D. Savage (Vancouver), who resigned effective Sept. 1, 2019.

Peter H. Edelmann, partner at Edelmann & Company Law Corporation in Vancouver, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Justice Edelmann replaces Justice J. DeWitt-Van Oosten (Vancouver), who was elevated to the Court of Appeal on May 2, 2019.

Justice Grauer was born in Vancouver. He studied at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and the Vancouver School of Art before graduating with a BA from the University of British Columbia in 1974.

Justice Grauer studied law at the University of Toronto. He graduated in 1979 with a juris doctor and was awarded the Dean’s Key. He then served as law clerk to the chief justice of British Columbia, before joining the Vancouver law firm of Bull, Housser & Tupper where he practised civil litigation after his call to the bar in 1981.

In 1999, Justice Grauer co-founded the boutique law firm of Dives, Grauer & Harper (now Dives, Harper & Stanger), specializing in civil litigation, professional liability and health law. He was a frequent contributor to and lecturer in continuing education courses for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC) and the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). He also served as a volunteer pro bono lawyer for the Western Canada Society to Access Justice.

Justice Grauer was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia on April 11, 2008. He is a member of the faculty for the Canadian Institute of the Administration of Justice /National Judicial Institute course “Mastering the Skill of Judgment Writing,” and was a co-author of CivJI, the CLEBC publication of civil jury instructions, for nine years. He has worked for many years with the three law faculties in British Columbia to co-ordinate the annual BC Law Schools Moot Competition and has regularly assisted in the Peter A. Allard Faculty of Law advocacy program.

Justice Edelmann was born in Toronto to immigrants from Switzerland. He was raised with his four siblings on a farm in Ontario, attending French schools in nearby Hamilton. Receiving an undergraduate degree in French literature and philosophy from the University of Toronto, he went on to pursue graduate studies at the University of British Columbia. In 2004, he received both LL.B. and civil law degrees from McGill University.

Called to the bar in British Columbia in 2005, he began his career as a sole practitioner primarily focused on criminal defence, in a practice that came to encompass national security, extradition, immigration and refugee law. Most recently, he was a partner at Edelmann and Company, a recognized immigration and refugee law firm in Vancouver. Justice Edelmann appeared before all levels of the federal and provincial courts, as well as the various divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board. He was an active member of the Immigration Section of the CBA and sat on the litigation committee for the Canadian Council for Refugees. He appeared regularly before parliamentary committees and before the Supreme Court of Canada on issues related to criminality and national security in the immigration context.