August 07, 2013 - 3:55 PM
KAMLOOPS - First he was called to the bar, and now he has been called to the bench. Kamloops lawyer Leonard Marchand has been named the newest provincial court judge in Kamloops and will take the bench come September.
Marchand was called to the bar in 1995 after graduating from the University of Victoria in 1994 and articling with Fulton and Company where he ultimately made partner.
He has been practicing both civil and criminal law for 15 years. During the last 12 years, he has concentrated on civil law, with his most notable work on residential school claims.
Outside his practice, he was selected to serve on the Selection Committee to make recommendations on appointments to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, represented B.C. counsel on Canada's Plaintiffs' Counsel Advisory Network, and served on the Chief Adjudicator's Reference Group.
Marchand's appointment follows a vacant position left by a judge who was appointed to B.C. Supreme Court.
Judges are appointed after interested lawyers apply through the B.C. Judicial Council, made up of a Chief Judge, other judges, lawyers and lay people.
A recommendation is handed over to the Attorney General with a final appointment through a cabinet order-in-council.
"Mr. Marchand's appointment supports our continued focus to just and clearing the backlogs in our courts," said Attorney General and minister of justice Suzanne Anton in a press release. "I am confident his expertise in civil and criminal law, and exceptional work on Aboriginal issues, will serve the taxpayers and the justice system well."
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