A Vernon lawyer is among three judges appointed to the B.C. Provincial Court.
Richard Hewson’s appointment is effective Dec. 23.
Hewson joins Lyndsay Smith and Lisa Wyatt in being named to the bench, as announced by attorney general and minister of justice Suzanne Anton, to help alleviate caseload pressures and improve access to justice.
Prior to pursuing a career in law, Hewson graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1987, where he served as the cadet wing commander in his final year.
He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Canadian Army and served for four more years.
Hewson earned his bachelor of laws from the University of Victoria in 1994, and continued to expand his education in 2012 when he began work on a master of laws from Osgoode Hall at York University.
Hewson was called to the B.C. bar in 1995, and began his law career as an articled student at Boulton Muldoon in Vancouver.
He became an associate there in 1995, and in 1997 moved on to be an associate with Davidson & Co. in Vernon until 2000, when he became a lawyer with Richard Hewson Law Corporation.
The process to appoint judges involves several steps.
Interested lawyers apply and the B.C. Judicial Council, a committee made up of the Chief Judge, other judges, lawyers and lay people, reviews the candidates. The committee recommends potential judges to the attorney general, with the final appointment made through a cabinet order-in-council.