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These tables are adapted from Wikipedia and remain licenced under the same terms and conditions
(~X) = approximate number of published decisions according to CanLII as of Oct 2018, unless otherwise indicated.
See also: Court Composition

Current Justices

See also: Supreme Court of British Columbia (Previous Justices)

(Full complement of 90)[1]

Name District Appointed Nominated By Prior Position(s) Other Details
Chief Justice Christopher E. Hinkson [2] N/A 8 November 2013 (CJ)
2010 (Judge)
Harper (CJ)
Harper (Judge)
Court of Appeal (2010 to 2013)
Supreme Court (2007 to 2010)
Harper Grey (1976 to 2007)
Called to bar (~1976)
Published criminal decisions
Associate Chief Justice Heather J. Holmes [3] [1] Vancouver March 21, 2001 (Judge)
June 22, 2018 (ACJ)
Chretien (Judge)
J. Trudeau (ACJ)
McCarthy, Tétrault
Called to bar (1981)
Published criminal decisions (~165)
Justice T. Mark McEwan[2] Nelson August 7, 1996 Chretien McEwan, Harrison & Co. (1979 to 1996)
Called to bar (1978)
Published criminal decisions (~112)
Justice Harry A. Slade [4] Vancouver March 27, 2001 Chretien Ratcliff & Company (aboriginal)
Called to bar (1974)
Published criminal decisions (~17)
Justice David M. Masuhara [5] [6] Vancouver October 11, 2002 Chretien BC Gas Utility Company
Called to bar (1983)
Published criminal decisions (~5)
Justice Brenda J. Brown [7] New Westminster April 18, 2002 Chretien Davis & Company (1995 to 2002)
Boughton Peterson Yang Anderson
Called to bar (1982)
Published criminal decisions (~56)
Justice Lance W. Bernard [8] New Westminster July 24, 2003 Chretien Crown attorney
Called to bar (1981)
Published criminal decisions (~52)
Justice Arne H. Silverman[3] [9] Vancouver November 26, 2004 Martin sole practitioner (criminal)
Called to bar (1975)
Published criminal decisions (~77)
Justice J. Miriam Gropper [10] Vancouver April 14, 2005 Martin Black, Gropper and Company
Called to bar (1981)
Published criminal decisions (~49)
Justice Joel R. Groves Vancouver May 19, 2005 Martin Supreme court Master (2000 to 2005) Published criminal decisions (~4)
Justice Nathan H. Smith Vancouver May 19, 2005 Martin Published criminal decisions (~21)
Justice Elliott M. Myers [4] Vancouver November 22, 2005 Martin Bull Housser Tupper
Called to bar (1980)
Published criminal decisions (~32)
Justice Geoffrey R. J. Gaul [11] Victoria January 31, 2008 Harper Crown attorney
Called to bar (1989)
Published criminal decisions (~38)
Justice J. Christopher Grauer[5] Vancouver April 11, 2008 Harper Dives, Grauer & Harper
Bull, Housser & Tupper, Barristers (1981 to 1999)
Called to bar (1981)
Published criminal decisions (~22)
Justice D. Jane Dardi [12] Vancouver June 18, 2008 Harper Private practice (etates)
Called to bar (1983)
Published criminal decisions (~5)
Justice Kathleen M. Ker [13] New Westminster June 18, 2008 Harper Crown attorney
private practice
Called to bar (1986)
Published criminal decisions (~33)
Justice Paul W. Walker [14] Vancouver June 18, 2008 Harper Guild Yule LLP
Called to bar (1980)
Published criminal decisions (~8)
Justice Neill Brown [15] Chilliwack July 30, 2008 Harper Sole practitioner (1998 to 2008)
Linley Duignan (1978 to 1998)
Called to bar (1975)
Published criminal decisions (~52)
Justice Elaine J. Adair [6] Vancouver November 28, 2008 Harper McCarthy Tétrault LLP (1982 to 2008)
Called to bar (1982)
Published criminal decisions (~14)
Justice Peter G. Voith [16] Vancouver January 22, 2009 Harper Hunter Litigation Chambers
Hunter Voith (2002 to 2005)
Davis & Company (1984 to 2002)
Ladner Downs (1980 to 1982)
Called to bar (1981)
Published criminal decisions (~32)
Justice Frits E. Verhoeven [17] New Westminster January 22, 2009 Harper Edwards, Kenny and Bray, LLP (1983 to 2009)
Called to bar (1983)
Published criminal decisions (~68)
Justice John S. Harvey [18] New Westminster January 22, 2009 Harper Herman & Harvey (1991 to 2009)
Boughton Peterson Yang and Anderson (1990 to 1991)
Braidwood and Company (1978 to 1989)
Called to bar (1977)
Published criminal decisions (~5)
Justice Robert J. Sewell [19] Vancouver January 22, 2009 Harper McCarthy Tétrault (1989 to 2009)
Shrum, Liddle and Hebenton (1972 to 1989)
Called to bar (1972)
Published criminal decisions (~4)
Justice Terence A. Schultes [20] Vancouver May 14, 2009 Harper Crown attorney
Called to bar (1987)
Published criminal decisions (~116)
Justice Robert D. Punnett [21] Victoria June 19, 2009 Harper Private practice
Called to bar (1978)
Published criminal decisions (~28)
Justice Gregory T.W. Bowden [22] [23] Vancouver October 2, 2009 Harper Provincial Court Judge (2004 to 2009)
Private practice (tax)
Called to bar (1971)
Published criminal decisions (~29)
Justice Brian D. MacKenzie [24] Victoria October 23, 2009 Harper Provincial Court (1990 to 2009)
Legal Aid (criminal)
Called to bar (1974)
Published criminal decisions (~40)
Justice Anthony Saunders [7] New Westminster November 26, 2009 Harper Guild Yule LLP
Called to bar (1985)
Published criminal decisions (~18)
Justice S. Dev Dley [25] Kamloops March 19, 2010 Harper Provincial Court (June 23, 2008 to March 19, 2010)
private practice
Called to bar (1979)
Published criminal decisions (~28)
Justice Miriam A. Maisonville [26] Vancouver March 19, 2010 Harper Crown attorney (!994 to 2010)
Howard Rubin
Called to bar (1986)
Published criminal decisions (~31)
Justice Shelley C. Fitzpatrick [27] Vancouver June 18, 2010 Harper Davis LLP (2001 to 2010)
Campney & Murphy (1986 to 2000)
Fillmore & Riley (1982 to 1985)
Called to bar (1981)
Published criminal decisions (~19)
Justice Jennifer A. Power [28] Victoria August 6, 2010 Harper Crown attorney (1990 to 2010)
Family Maintenance Enforcement (1988 to 1989)
Called to bar (1987)
Published criminal decisions (~80)
Justice Trevor C. Armstrong [29] [30] New Westminster October 1, 2010 Harper Private Practice
Called to bar (1978)
Published criminal decisions (~14)
Justice Murray B. Blok [31] New Westminster October 28, 2010 Harper registrar of the Supreme Court (2002 to 2010)
Fasken Martineau (1983 to 2002)
Called to bar (1983)
Published criminal decisions (~50)
Justice Jeanne E. Watchuk [32] Vancouver October 28, 2010 Harper Provincial Court
Called to bar (1974)
Published criminal decisions (~41)
Justice Robert W. Jenkins[8] New Westminster December 31, 2011 Harper Jenkins Marzban Logan (1994 to 2011)
Fasken Martineau (1986 to 1994)
Campney Murphy (1983 to 1985)
Buell Ellis (1972 to 1983)
Called to bar (1973)
Published criminal decisions (~39)
Justice Ronald S. Tindale[9] Prince George October 20, 2011 Harper Provincial Court (2010 to 2011)
Dick Byl Corporation (2010 to 2005)
Traxler Haines (1992 to 2005)
Crown attorney (1990 to 1992)
Heather Sadler Jenkins (1989 to 1990)
Called to bar (1989)
Published criminal decisions (~71)
Justice D. Allan Betton [33] [10] Kelowna June 24, 2011 Harper Provincial Court Judge (2007 to 2011) Published criminal decisions (~13)
Justice Kenneth N. Affleck [11][12] Vancouver June 24, 2011 Harper Affleck Hira Burgoyne LLP
Macaulay McColl
Published criminal decisions (~10)
Justice Gordon C. Weatherill [34] Vancouver May 31, 2012 Harper Lawson Lundell LLP
Called to bar (1981)
Called to bar (1980)
Published criminal decisions (~40)
Justice John J. Steeves [35] Victoria October 5, 2012 Harper Sole Practitioner (2003 to 2012)
Steeves & Company (1989 to 2000)
McGrady & Company (1986 to 1989)
Called to bar (1986)
Published criminal decisions (~8)
Justice Robin A. M. Baird [36] Nanaimo October 5, 2012 Harper Provincial Court Judge (2011 to 2012)

Crown Prosecutor (1990 to 1995, 2004 to 2011)
Green & Claus LLP
Called to bar (1990)

Published criminal decisions (~38)
Justice Gordon S. Funt [37] Vancouver October 5, 2012 Harper Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (1984 to 2012)
Called to bar (1978)
Published criminal decisions (~9)
Justice Kenneth W. Ball [38] New Westminster November 2, 2012 Harper Provincial Court (2003 to 2012)
DuMoulin Black Brazier and Hall (1977 to 2003)
Called to bar (1977)
Published criminal decisions (~42)
Justice Douglas W. Thompson [39] Nanaimo December 13, 2012 Harper Hatter Thompson Shumka McDonagh
Called to bar (1983)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Ronald A. Skolrood [40] Vancouver June 6, 2013 Harper Lawson Lundell LLP (1987 to 2013)
Called to bar (1988)
Published criminal decisions (~9)
Justice Lisa A. Warren [41] Vancouver June 6, 2013 Harper Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy (1993 to 2007)
Director of Legal Services, Health Employers Association of BC (2007 to 2013)
Called to bar (1991)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Sheri Ann Donegan [13] Kamloops June 6, 2013 Harper Provincial Court (2010 to 2012)
Crown Attorney (1998 to 2010)
Mair Jensen Blair (1992 to 1998)
Called to bar (1993)
Published criminal decisions (~35)
Justice Margot L. Fleming [42] Vancouver June 6, 2013 Harper Somers & Company (1996 to 2013)
Called to bar (1996)
Published criminal decisions (~5)
Justice Gary P. Weatherill [43] Kelowna October 2, 2013 Harper Nixon Wenger
Called to bar (1980)
Published criminal decisions (~40)
Justice Nigel P. Kent [44] Vancouver December 19, 2013 Harper Clark Wilson LLP
Parlee McLaws
Called to bar (1981)
Published criminal decisions (~19)
Justice Neena Sharma [45] Vancouver December 19, 2013 Harper Ministry of Justice
Called to bar (1992)
Published criminal decisions (~8)
Justice George Macintosh [46] Vancouver December 19, 2013 Harper Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP (1974 to 2013)
Called to bar (1974)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Jennifer M.I. Duncan [47] Vancouver December 19, 2013 Harper Crown attorney
Called to bar (1992)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Emily M. Burke [48] Vancouver May 13, 2014 Harper Emily Burke Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Services (1995 to 2014)
Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin and Lang (1986 to 1990)
Lawson, Lundell, Lawson & McIntosh (1982 to 1984)
Called to bar (1982)
Published criminal decisions (~6)
Justice Martha M. Devlin [49] New Westminster December 12, 2014 Harper PPSC Crown attorney (1994 to 2014)
Called to bar (1994)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Barbara M. Young [50] Vancouver June 19, 2015 Harper Master and Registrar of Bankruptcies (2006 to 2015)
Berge Horn (2003 to 2006)
Kendall Penty & Company (1997 to 2003)
Young Noble & Wirsig (1990 to 1997)
Called to bar (1986)
Published criminal decisions (~5)
Justice Grace Choi [51] Vancouver May 29, 2015 Harper Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP
Called to bar (1993)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Catherine Murray [14] Vancouver October 20, 2016 J. Trudeau Crown Attorney (1987 to 2016)
Robertson Peck (1986 to 1987)
Ramsay Thompson Lampman (1985 to 1986)
Called to bar (1985)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Maria Morellato [52] Vancouver June 17, 2016 J. Trudeau Mandell Pinder LLP (2009 to 2016)
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (1989 to 2008)
Industrial Relations Council
Called to bar (1986)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Marguerite H. Church [53] Prince George June 17, 2016 J. Trudeau Provincial Court Judge (2011 to 2016)
Cundari Seibel LLP (2003 to 2011)
Rogers & Hyslop (1998 to 2002)
Department of Asian Legal Studies (1991 to 1994)
Rudd Watts & Stone (1988 to 1989)
Called to bar (1988)
Published criminal decisions (~8)
Justice Heather MacNaughton[15] Vancouver October 20, 2016 J. Trudeau Master of Supreme Court Published criminal decisions (~4)
Justice Michael Tammen [16] Vancouver June 14, 2017 J. Trudeau Peck and Tammen Published criminal decisions (~2)
Justice Janet Winteringham [54] Vancouver August 15, 2017 J. Trudeau Winteringham MacKay Law Corporation Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Palbinder Kaur Shergill [55] New Westminster June 21, 2017 J. Trudeau Shergill & Company Published criminal decisions (~5)
Justice Andrew P. A. Mayer [56] Vancouver April 12, 2017 J. Trudeau General Counsel with the Prince Rupert Port Authority Published criminal decisions (~2)
Justice Warren B. Milman [16][57] Vancouver June 14, 2017 J. Trudeau McCarthy Tétrault LLP Published criminal decisions (~1)
Justice Leonard Marchand [58] Kamloops June 21, 2017 J. Trudeau Provincial Court Judge
Fulton & Company LLP
Published criminal decisions (~6)
Justice Francesca V. Marzari [59] Vancouver December 19, 2017 J. Trudeau Young Anderson Barristers and Solicitors Published criminal decisions (~2)
Justice Ward K. Branch [60] Vancouver June 8, 2017 J. Trudeau Branch McMaster LLP Published criminal decisions (~2)
Justice W. Paul Riley [61] New Westminster May 11, 2017 J. Trudeau General Counsel with Public Prosecution Service of Canada (1997 to 2017) Published criminal decisions (~11)
Justice Carla L. Forth [16] Vancouver June 14, 2017 J. Trudeau Guild Yule LLP Published criminal decisions (~1)
Justice Nitya Iyer [16] Vancouver June 14, 2017 J. Trudeau Lovett Westmacott Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Michael J. Brundrett [62] Vancouver June 21, 2017 J. Trudeau British Columbia Ministry of Justice, Criminal Justice Branch Published criminal decisions (~2)
Justice E. David Crossin [17] Vancouver September 29, 2017 J. Trudeau Sugden, McFee & Roos LLP Published criminal decisions (~9)
Justice Bill Basran[18] Vancouver January 19, 2018 J. Trudeau Regional Director General of the Department of Justice (2007 to 2018) Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Diane MacDonald[19] Vancouver February 7, 2018 J. Trudeau Counsel for B.C. Teachers’ Federation
Victory Square Law Office
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Sharon Matthews [63] Vancouver February 22, 2018 J. Trudeau Partner, Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Barbara J. Norell [64] New Westminster February 22, 2018 J. Trudeau Harper Grey (1986 to 2018)
Called to bar (1986)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Wendy A. Baker [65] Vancouver February 22, 2018 J. Trudeau Miller Thomson LLP
Called to bar (1993)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Thomas Crabtree [66] Chilliwack May 4, 2018 J. Trudeau Chief Judge, Provincial Court of B.C. Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Geoffrey Gomery [67] Vancouver June 15, 2018 J. Trudeau
Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP (1992 to 2018)
Davis & Company
Called to bar (1984)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Christopher J. Giaschi [68] Vancouver August 31, 2018 J. Trudeau Giaschi & Margolis (1997 to 2018)
McEwen Schmitt & Co
Called to bar (~1988)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Karen Horsman [69] Vancouver August 31, 2018 J. Trudeau Attorney General (civil)
Called to bar (~1993)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Veronica Jackson [70] Vancouver October 9, 2018 J Trudeau Ministry of Attorney General BC
Scurfield Tapper Cuddy
Crown attorney
Called to bar (1993)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Dennis K. Hori [71] Kelowna February 8, 2019 J. Trudeau Fulton & Company LLP
Called to bar (~1984)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Amy D. Francis [72] Vancouver March 8, 2019 J. Trudeau Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers LLP
Called to bar (2001)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Justice Karen F. Douglas [73] Vancouver March 8, 2019 J. Trudeau Harper Grey LLP
McCarthy Tetrault
Called to bar (1989)
Published criminal decisions (~0)

Supernumerary

Name District Appointed Nominated By Prior Position(s) Other Details
Justice Alison J. Beames [20] Kelowna August 7, 1996 Chrétien Salloum, Doak
Milner & Steer
Called to bar (1982)
Published criminal decisions (~55)
Justice Barry Michael Davies [74] Vancouver January 10, 1996 Chrétien Pushor, Mitchell, Davies, Montgomery
Warren, Ladner, Berge & Co
McCarthy Tétrault
Called to bar (1979)
Published criminal decisions (~83)
Justice William Ehrcke [75] Vancouver October 28, 2003 Chrétien Crown attorney (1981 to 2003)
Called to bar (1980)
Published criminal decisions (~170)
Justice Robert Johnston [76] [77] Victoria November 26, 2004 Martin Cox Taylor Published criminal decisions (~28)
Justice Carol J. Ross [78] Vancouver March 21, 2001 (supernumary as of April 1, 2016) Chrétien Hordo, Ross and Bennett
Called to bar (1982)
Published criminal decisions (~27)
Justice Loryl D. Russell [79] Vancouver April 14, 2005 Martin Sole practitioner
Called to bar (1981)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Catherine A. Wedge [80] Vancouver April 4, 2001 Chrétien Called to bar (1981) Published criminal decisions (~105)

Chief Justices of the Supreme Court

Prior to 1909, when the British Columbia Court of Appeal was established, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was considered the Chief Justice of British Columbia.

Name Duration Nominated By Prior Position(s)
Christopher E. Hinkson [81] 2013–present
Robert James Bauman[21] 2009–2013
Donald Ian Brenner 2000–2009
Bryan Williams 1996–2000
William A. Esson 1989–1996 Appointed to BCCA
Beverley McLachlin 1988–1989
Allan McEachern (afterwards Chief Justice of BC Court of Appeal, 1988) 1979–1988
Nathaniel Nemetz (afterwards Chief Justice of BC Court of Appeal, 1979) 1973–1979
John Owen Wilson 1963-1973
Sherwood Lett (afterwards Chief Justice of BC Court of Appeal, 1963) 1955–1963
Wendell Burpee Farris (died 1955) 1942–?1955
Aulay MacAulay Morrison 1929–1942
Gordon Hunter 1902–1929
Angus John McColl 1898–1902
Theodore Davie 1895–1898
Matthew Baillie Begbie (incumbent Chief Justice of the Colony of British Columbia at the time B.C. joined Canada) 1869–1894

Previous Justices

References

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External links

See Also

Court Composition
Supreme Court of Canada (SCC)
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