Supreme Court of British Columbia (Historical)

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(~X) = approximate number of published decisions according to CanLII as of Oct 2018.
See also: Court Composition

Previous Justices

See also: Supreme Court of British Columbia

Justices From 1995

Name Jurisdiction Duration Nominated By Prior Position(s) Other Details
Justice Grant D. Burnyeat [1] Vancouver December 19, 1996 (Judge)
December 19, 2011 (Sup.)
2019 (Ret.)
Chrétien Davis & Company Published criminal decisions (~9)
Justice Joyce DeWitt-Van Oosten[2] Vancouver October 20, 2016 to May 6, 2019 J. Trudeau Assistant Deputy Attorney General (2012 to 2016)
PPSC Crown (1994 to 2012)
Called to bar (~1992)
Published criminal decisions (~26)
Appointed to BCCA (2019)
Justice Patrice Abrioux [3] Vancouver September 30, 2011 (Judge) Harper Quinlan Abrioux law firm
Called to bar (1981)
Published criminal decisions (~18)
Appointed to BCCA (2019)
Justice G. Bruce Butler [1] Vancouver March 30, 2007 - August 31, 2018 (Appt'd to CA) Harper Harper Grey LLP
Called to bar (1980)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Paul J. Pearlman[4] 2008 - May 7, 2018 Harper Published criminal decisions
Deborah Satanove[5] 1996 - Chretien Ladner, Downs (1988 to 1996)
Parks, Feller
Called to bar (1982)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Elizabeth A. Arnold-Bailey [6] April 15, 2005 - 2017 Provincial Court (1990 to 2015)

General Counsel Legal Aid
General Counsel to the Ombudsman
Called to bar (1979)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Sandra K. Ballance [2] 2002 - 2016 Published criminal decisions
Justice G. M. Barrow [3] 2001 - 2015 Coffey Quinn and Barrow
Called to bar (1981)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Robert J. Bauman [4] 1996 - 2008 Chretien Bull, Housser & Tupper (1982)
Wilson, Bauman (1977 to 1981)
Wilson, King & Company
Called to bar (1975)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Elizabeth A. Bennett [5] 1997 - 2009 Chretien Called to bar (1982) Appointed to BCCA (2009)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Linda Ann Loo [6] 1996 - Chretien Published criminal decisions
Justice David J. Brine [7] [8] 2004 - 2009 McQuarrie Hunter Published criminal decisions
Justice T. Richard Brooke [9] 2000 - 2011 Published criminal decisions
Justice Catherine J. Bruce 2006 - 2016 Published criminal decisions
Justice Eric G. Chamberlist [10] 1998 - 2010 Chretien Hope, Meinrich
Called to bar (1973)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Austin F. Cullen [11] 2001 - 2011 Published criminal decisions (~112)
Justice W.H. Davies [7] 1982 - 1999
1996 (sup)
Published criminal decisions
Justice M. DeWeerdt [8] 1996 - 1997 Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories (1981)
General Counsel, Dept of Justice
Weerdt, Seale & Finall
Called to bar (1956)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Risa Evelyn Levine[9] 1995 - ? Thorsteinssons (1982 to 1995)
Called to bar (1978)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Gail Dickson 2006 - 2015 Published criminal decisions
Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon [12] 2008 - 2015 Fasken Martineau
Called to bar (1985)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Barbara Fisher[10] [13] 2004 - September 14, 2017 Blake, Cassels & Graydon Appointed to BCCA (2017)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Gregory Fitch[11] 2011 - 2015 Harper Crown attorney (1985 to 2011) appointed to BCCA (2015)
Published criminal decisions
Justice S. David Frankel 2007 - 2007 Appointed to BCCA (2007)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Nicole J. Garson [14] 2001 - 2009 Called to bar (1977) Appointed to BCCA (2009) Published criminal decisions
Justice Richard Bruce Tremayne Goepel [15] 2001 - 2013 Watson Goepel Maledy
Sutton Braidwood
Appointed to BCCA (2013)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Victoria Gray [16] 2001 - 2017 Bull, Housser & Tupper Published criminal decisions
Justice Bruce M. Greyell [17] May 15, 2009 - November 24, 2017 Counsel with Roper Greyell Published criminal decisions (~38)
Justice Susan Griffin [12] February 20, 2008 - February 7, 2018 Private practice
Called to bar (1985)
Appointed to BCCA
Published criminal decisions
Justice Harvey M. Groberman [18] 2001 - 2008 Called to bar (1985) appointed to BCCA (2008)
Published criminal decisions
Justice D.A. Halfyard [19] 1999 - 2014 Chretien Halfyard & Wright
Called to bar (1973)
Published criminal decisions (~105)
Justice David C. Harris [13] [20] 2010 to 2012 Harper Hunter Litigation Chambers (2006 to 2010)
Berardino & Harris (2000 to 2006)
Russell & Dumoulin (1986 to 2000)
Called to bar (1987)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Wendy J. Harris [14] 2013 - 2017 Harper Harris & Company (1992 to 2013)
Call to bar (1980)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Hope Hyslop [21] May 15, 2009 - 2017 Published criminal decisions
Justice Brian M. Joyce [22] 2001 - April 4, 2016 (sup.) Called to Bar (1978) Published criminal decisions
Justice Deborah Kloegman 1996 - 2014 Published criminal decisions
Justice Peter D. Leask [15] 2005 - 2017 Martin Called to bar (1969)
Leask Bahen
Published criminal decisions
Justice Malcolm D. Macaulay [23] 1997 - 2015 Published criminal decisions
Justice Anne Winter MacKenzie [16] [24] 1996 - 2010 Provincial Court (1990 to 1996)
Crown counsel DOJ (1978 to 1990)
Called to bar (1978)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Frank Maczko September 8, 1988 (Judge)
2003 (sup)
July 1, 2008 (ret)

Called to bar (1968)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Donna Jean Martinson [25] 1998 - 2009 UBC Professor of law
MacPherson and Associates
Helmer & Martinson
Crown attorney (1973 to 1979)
Called to bar (1972)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Robert W. Metzger [26] 2000 - 2013 Published criminal decisions
Justice Nancy Morrison [17] 1996 - 2011 Provincial Court (1972 to 1981)
Deverell, Harrop, Morrison & Wood
Crown attorney
Morrison, MacDonald & Morrison
LeMarsh & LeMarsh
Called to bar (1963)
Published criminal decisions (~55)
Justice Kathryn E. Neilson [27] 1999 - 2008 Published criminal decisions
Justice Ian H. Pitfield [28] 1997-2010 Published criminal decisions
Justice Robert E. Powers [29] 1999-2013 Called to bar (1976) Published criminal decisions
Justice Bruce M. Preston 1987 - 2010 Published criminal decisions
Justice Robert A. Prior [30] 2010 - 2010 PPSC Crown (1996 to 2010)
Called to bar (1997)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Bryan F. Ralph [31] 1997 - 2007 Published criminal decisions
Justice Eric Rice [32] 2003 - 2011 Published criminal decisions
Justice Peter J. Rogers [33] 2001 - 2017 Called to bar (1982) Published criminal decisions
Justice John E.D. Savage [18] 2008 - 2014 Harper Crease Harman & Company (1978 to 2008)
Called to bar (1978)
Published criminal decisions
Justice William B. Smart 2006 - 2013 Published criminal decisions
Justice C. Lynn Smith [34] 1998 - 2012 UBC law professor (1981 to 1997)
McCarthy Tétrault (1974 to 1981)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Daphne M. Smith [19] 1996 - 2008 Mair, Jensen, Blair
Call to bar (1976)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Sunni S. Stromberg-Stein [20] February 15, 1996 - 2013 Provincial Court (1989 to 1996)
Crown attorney (1976 to 1989)
Called to bar (1976)
Published criminal decisions
Justice John D. Truscott [35] 2002 - July 4, 2017 Published criminal decisions (~55)
Justice Peter M. Willcock [36] 2009 - 2013 Harper Grey LLP
Called to bar (1983)
Appointed to BCCA
Published criminal decisions (~20)
Justice William G.E. Grist [37] 1996 - ? Legal aid
Griffiths & Company
Called to bar (1975)
Published criminal decisions (~53)
Justice James Bauman [38] 1996 - ? Published criminal decisions
Laura B. Gerow [39] ?? (Judge)
October 10, 2017 (sup)
??? (ret)
Published criminal decisions
James W. Williams [40] October 11, 2002 (Judge)
October 10, 2017 (Sup)
 ?? (ret)
Called to bar (1985) Published criminal decisions
Robert Crawford [41] 2001 - ? Published criminal decisions
Stephen F. Kelleher [42] 2003 - ? Published criminal decisions
Frank Cole [43] March 20, 1996 Chretien Sigalet, Maguire & Cole
Davidson and Company
Called to bar (1971)
Linda Ann Loo [44] September 25, 1996 Chretien Called to bar (1975)
R.J. Dillon ? - October 20, 2012 (sup.) Published criminal decisions

Justices Before 1995

Name Jurisdiction Duration Nominated By Prior Positions Other Details
Justice Ian C. Meiklem [45] Kamloops October 11, 1991
2018 (ret.)
Brian Mulroney Meiklem and Harrison
Heather Sadler Jenkins
Called to bar (~1972)
Published criminal decisions (~56)
Justice Paul Williamson 1994 - 2013 Published criminal decisions
Justice Alexander Fraser Wilson[21] 1994 - 2009 Chrétien Silversides, Wilson & Seidemann (1976 to 1995)
Called to bar (1975)
Justice R. Dean Wilson 1994 - 2011 Published criminal decisions
Justice Randall S.K. Wong 1990 - 2016 Published criminal decisions
Justice M. L. Tyrwhitt-Drake 1990 - 1997 Published criminal decisions
Justice David F. Tysoe 1992 - 2007 Published criminal decisions
Justice David H. Vickers 1991 - 2009 Called to bar (1960) Published criminal decisions
Justice Terrance P. Warren 1991 - 2009 Called to bar (1966) Published criminal decisions
Justice C. Warren Wilkinson 1989 - 2001 Published criminal decisions
Justice J.E. Spencer 1981 - 1999 Published criminal decisions
Justice Allan M. Stewart 1988 - 2011 Published criminal decisions
Justice James D. Taylor 1995 - 2006 Published criminal decisions
Justice W. B. Scarth 1990 - 2009 County Court (1988)
Called to bar (1962)
Published criminal decisions
Justice W.S. Selbie 1990 - 1996 Published criminal decisions
Justice S. James Shabbits 1992 - 2011 Published criminal decisions
Justice Duncan W. Shaw 1987 - 2007 Published criminal decisions
Justice H.A.D. Oliver 1990 - 1996 Published criminal decisions
Justice Wallace T. Oppal 1985 - 2003 Published criminal decisions
Justice Dermod D. Owen-Flood 1987 - 2006 Published criminal decisions
Justice Raymond M.P. Paris 1980 - 2005 Published criminal decisions
Justice W. Glen Parrett 1990 - 2015 Published criminal decisions (~78)
Justice Selwyn R. Romilly 1995 - 2015
Jan 7, 2010 (sup.)
Published criminal decisions
Justice John F. Rowan 1988 - 2001 Published criminal decisions
Justice S.M. Leggatt 1990 - 2000 Published criminal decisions
Justice Peter D. Lowry 1991 - 2003 Published criminal decisions
Justice Kenneth M. Lysyk 1983 - 2003 Published criminal decisions
Justice Ronald R. Holmes 1989 - 2009
2004(sup)
Called to bar (1965) Published criminal decisions
Justice Sherman W. Hood 1989 - 2007 Published criminal decisions
Justice D.A. Hogarth 1990 - 1996 Published criminal decisions
Justice R. B. Hunter 1992 - 2002 Published criminal decisions
Justice Robert B. M. Hutchison 1990 - 2004 Published criminal decisions
Justice R.M. J. Hutchinson 1990 - 2002 Published criminal decisions
Justice Ian B. Josephson 1990 - 2017 Published criminal decisions
Justice Marion J. Allan 1990 - 2012 Published criminal decisions
Justice K. F. Arkell 1990 - 1999
1995 (sup)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Georgina M. Quijano 1995 - 2005 Published criminal decisions
Justice R. Robinson 1990 - 1997 Published criminal decisions
Justice Jon S. Sigurdson 1994 - 2017 Published criminal decisions
Justice Janet A. Sinclair Prowse 1990 - 2009 Called to bar (1973) Published criminal decisions
Justice Thimersingh M. Singh July 1, 1990 - July 30, 2008 County Court (1986 to 1990)
Called to bar (1968)
Published criminal decisions
Justice H.L. Skipp 1989 - 2001 Published criminal decisions
Justice D.L. Clancy 1991 - 2002 Published criminal decisions
Justice Bruce I. Cohen 1987 - 2015 Published criminal decisions
Justice R. Collver 1990 - 2001 Published criminal decisions
Justice R.M. Cooper 1990 - 1996 Published criminal decisions
Justice Gerald R. B. Coultas 1988 - 2003 Published criminal decisions
Justice J. C. Cowan 1988 - 2000 Published criminal decisions
Justice Victor R. Curtis 1990 - 2012 Published criminal decisions
Justice Patrick D. Dohm 1972 - 1995 Published criminal decisions
Justice Jacqueline Dorgan 1991 - 2017 Published criminal decisions
Justice K. K. Downs 1995 - 2002 Published criminal decisions
Justice N.A. Drossos 1990 - 2001 Published criminal decisions
Justice Ian L. Drost 1990 - 2005 Published criminal decisions
Justice E. Robert A. Edwards 1993 - 2007 Published criminal decisions
Justice J.L.T. Edwards 1994 - 2000 Published criminal decisions
Justice R.T. Errico 1990 - 1999 Published criminal decisions
Justice William A. Esson 1979 - 1983 Published criminal decisions
Justice Pamela A. Kirkpatrick 1992 - 2005 Published criminal decisions
Justice M. Marvyn Koenigsberg 1992 - 2017 Published criminal decisions
Justice George Lamperson 1982 - 2006 Published criminal decisions
Justice C. Ross Lander 1982 - 2007 Published criminal decisions
Justice Ronald A McKinnon 1990 - 2015 Published criminal decisions
Justice Thomas Melnick 1990 - 2015 Published criminal decisions
Justice Frederick A. Melvin 1990 - 2006
2002 (sup.)[46]
Published criminal decisions
Justice P.J. Millward 1990 - 1999 Published criminal decisions
Justice K.C. Murphy 1990 - 1997 Published criminal decisions
Justice Kirsti M. Gill 1991 - 2009 Called to bar (1976) Published criminal decisions
Justice G. Peter Fraser 1989 - 2007 Published criminal decisions
Justice R. Bruce Harvey 1989 - 2004 Published criminal decisions
Justice Alexander G. Henderson 1995 - 2003 Published criminal decisions
Justice T.K. Fisher 1990 - 1999 Published criminal decisions
Justice Mary-Ellen Boyd 1990 - 2012 Published criminal decisions
Justice Harry D. Boyle 1982 - 2001 Published criminal decisions
Justice Thomas R. Braidwood [47] 1990 - 1996 Called to bar (1957) Published criminal decisions
Justice Donald I. Brenner [48] 1992 - Sept 7, 2009 Called to bar (1971) Published criminal decisions
Justice John Edward Hall [49] 1991 to 1996
Justice H.J. Hamilton 1990 - 1997 Published criminal decisions
Justice S. J. Hardinge 1990 - 2000 Published criminal decisions
Justice H.A. Callaghan 1978 - 2001 Published criminal decisions
Justice D.H. Campbell 1990 - 1996 Published criminal decisions
Justice Michael I. Catliff 1975 - 2003 Published criminal decisions
Justice B. D. Macdonald 1982 - 1999
1996 (sup.)
Published criminal decisions
Justice T. Richard M.L. Blair 1992 - 2013 Published criminal decisions
Justice John C. Bouck 1974 - 2006 Published criminal decisions
Justice Wendy G. Baker 1993 - ? Published criminal decisions
Peter Van Der Hoop [50] County Court (1978)
Harper Grey
Published criminal decisions (~0)


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See Also

Court Composition
British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA)
Supreme Court of British Columbia (BCSC)
Provincial Court of British Columbia (BCPC)
Court of Appeal of Alberta (ABCA)
Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta (ABQB)
Provincial Court of Alberta (ABPC)
Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan (SKCA)
Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan (SKQB)
Provincial Court of Saskatchewan (SKPC)
Manitoba Court of Appeal (MBCA)
Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba (MBQB)
Provincial Court of Manitoba (MBPC)
Court of Appeal for Ontario (ONCA)
Superior Court of Ontario (ONSC)
Ontario Court of Justice (ONCJ)
Quebec Court of Appeal (QCCA)
Quebec Superior Court (QCCS)
Court of Quebec (QCCQ)
New Brunswick Court of Appeal (NBCA)
Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick (NBQB)
New Brunswick Provincial Court (NBPC)
Court of Appeal of Prince Edward Island (PEICA)
Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island (PEISC)
Provincial Court of Prince Edward Island (PEIPC)
Nova Scotia Court of Appeal (NSCA)
Nova Scotia Supreme Court (NSSC)
Nova Scotia Provincial Court (NSPC)
Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (Court of Appeal) (NLCA)
Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (NLSC)
Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (NLPC)
Composition of Federal Appointments Committees