Prominent BC Court of Appeal judge has died

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Prominent BC Court of Appeal judge has died

Canada’s longest-serving federally-appointed judge has died.

Justice Richard Low passed away on Friday (August 15th).

He was 74.

Born in Rock Bay, BC, he started practicing law after graduating from UBC in 1964.

He worked in Victoria, Prince George and Prince Rupert before becoming a BC Supreme Court judge in 1990.

Ten years later, he was promoted to the Court of Appeal.

Low wrote the ruling that dismissed the appeal of serial killer Robert Pickton.

A statement on the court registry website doesn’t explain how he died, but it includes a comment from Chief Justice Robert Bauman thanking him for being a mentor and remembering him as someone ‘rich in common sense’ who had ‘an appreciation for simple justice.’


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  1. Although I never knew Judge LOW , I did have a chance to get to know Judge John Gould , he was also a BC Supreme Cort Judge , He passed about 7 or 8 years ago , I worked for him for 12 years . And Judge Tom Tallon , who was the dean of the Law School IN Winnipeg , I worked for him for 2 years , Both Honerable men as well . RIP.

  2. I am not sure ‘an appreciation for simple justice” means the same thing to all of us

    For me it means don’t allow legal manuevering to pervert justice and allow a guilty man to walk away from punishment .

    For me it means remembering that the sentence imposed also acts as a deterrent for future criminals