The BC government has announced the appointment of two new Provincial Court judges.
The appointment of Judge Richard Browning was effective October 31st, and Judge Barbara Flewelling will join the bench December 5th, 2014. It has not been announced yet which locations the new judges will be assigned to.
From the backgrounder:
"Judge Richard Browning was first called to the bar in 1990 after earning his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1989. Judge Browning has worked as a sole practitioner for the past 22 years. For most of his career, he has practised in the Provincial Court system and has served as both counsel for the defence and Crown counsel. Judge Browning has been a member of the Provincial Court Scheduling Project Working Group, a director of the Justice Education Society and is the former chair of the B.C. branch of the Canadian Bar Association. Outside of his legal career, Judge Browning has coached soccer and lacrosse in New Westminster and served on the board of the Fraser Burrard Restorative Justice Society.
Judge Barbara Flewelling has been a practicing lawyer for the past 19 years. Before she was called to the bar in 1995, Judge Flewelling had a 15-year career in the insurance industry. She has recently served as a committee chair for the B.C. branch of the Canadian Bar Association and was previously on the board of governors of the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. Over the course of her law career, Judge Flewelling has been an advocate for improved relationships between lawyers and judges, and was instrumental in organizing seminars promoting healthy living for lawyers. Outside of her professional life, she helped with the organization of performances by the Welsh Men’s Choir, the Courtenay Chamber Music Society and the Prince George Symphony."
According to the Provincial Court's website, more than 150 Provincial Court judges serve in more than 80 locations around British Columbia.