It’s been one of the reasons given for the lengthy court delays in B.C.: a shortage of judges.
Now, the province has announced the appointment of four new provincial court judges.
Robert Brown, Judith Thorne Doulis, Deanne Gaffar and Alexander Wolf have all been called to the bench.
Their appointments take effect in early December.
In November of last year, the NDP released data showing BC was down to 123 provincial court judges, 20 fewer than in 2005.
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Lawyers applaud move
Ben Doyle with the Trial Lawyers Association of BC says the judicial system has been lacking resources, and this is a step in the right direction.
“We’ve got systems where judges have to go to different parts of the province on sort of a rotation. They have a system where there are many parts of the province where they don’t have judges sitting all the time.”
Doyle says there’s too much downtime in the courts.
More than a few high-profile cases have been thrown out because the accused have had to wait to long for a trial.