A former Vernon resident has received one of the highest honours in B.C.’s legal profession.
Craig Elton Jones has been appointed as Queen’s counsel, a designation conferred on lawyers to recognize exceptional merit and contribution.
Jones is the supervising counsel of the constitutional and administrative law group of the Ministry of Attorney General in Victoria.
He has represented clients at all levels of court and was most recently counsel for the provincial government in the recent polygamy case.
He taught for a number of years at the University of B.C. and is the author of Theory of Class Actions, a Canadian text on the topic.
Jones is also a former president of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.
Jones is the son of David and Jo Jones and he obtained law degrees at the University of B.C. and at Harvard Law School.
The Vernon Secondary 1983 graduate is also known for his running attire, or lack thereof.
“He runs both full and half-marathons – never wears shoes and never gets blisters,” said Jo.
All applications for Queen’s counsel are reviewed by an advisory committee, which recommends candidates to B.C.’s attorney general. The appointments are subsequently approved by the provincial cabinet.