Backlog brings in new judge

Vernon courts gain new provincial judge

  • Jul. 29, 2011 1:00 p.m.

A new judge is being sent to the North Okanagan to help deal with a backlog in court cases.

As of Aug. 15, the Ministry of Attorney General has appointed Mayland McKimm as a provincial court judge in Vernon.

Chairperson of the Legal Services Society until earlier this year and a board member since 2003, McKimm practices mostly criminal and family law.

The Victoria resident began his law career in 1984 at McKimm & Lott in Sidney.

Besides McKimm, four other provincial judges have been named for the Lower Mainland and northern B.C.

“I’m confident these qualified individuals will serve the provincial court well by contributing their significant legal expertise and experience to B.C.’s judicial system,” said Attorney General Barry Penner.

“These five new appointments will help reduce caseload pressures while we continue to work to balance the budget.”

The process to appoint judges involves several steps.

n Interested lawyers apply and the B.C. Judicial Council, a committee made up of the chief judge, other judges, lawyers and lay people, then reviews the candidates.

n The council recommends potential judges to the attorney general, with the final appointment made through a cabinet order-in-council.