Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces judicial appointments in the province of British Columbia

Canada’s attorney general and attorney general announces the appointment of judicial officers in the province of British Columbia

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OTTAWA, ON, March 24, 2021

OTTAWA, ON, March 24, 2021 / CNW / – The Honorable David Lametti, Attorney General and Attorney General of Canada, announced today the following appointments under the judicial filing process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit and diversity of the Canadian population and will continue to ensure the appointment of lawyers who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

The Honorable Leonard Marchand, a Supreme Court Justice of British Columbia in the Kamloopsis appointed as the appellate judge of the appellate court British Columbia. Mr. Justice Marchand replaces Mr. Justice HM Groberman ((Vancouver) who chose to become a redundant judge February 1, 2021.

FF Matthew Kirchner, managing partner at Ratcliff & Company LLP in Vancouveris appointed Supreme Court Justice of British Columbia. Mr. Justice Kirchner replaces Mr. Justice E. Myers ((Vancouver) who chose to become a redundant judge 22nd November 2020.


“I wish Judges Marchand and Kirchner every success in taking on their new roles. I am confident that they will serve the people of British Columbia as well as members of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of British Columbia. “

– The Hon. David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


justice Leonard Marchand was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia As a member of the Okanagan Indian Band, he grew up in Kamloops, British Columbia. After completing a BASc. in chemical engineering at the University of British Columbia In 1986 he worked in the oil industry for five years. He then attended the law faculty of University of Victoria 1991 graduation in 1994.

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At the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Mr. Justice Marchand was a judge of the Provincial Court of British ColumbiaPreviously, he was an attorney at Fulton & Company LLP Kamloops from 1995 to 2013. During his practice, he focused on government liability. He has appeared before all court levels and before many administrative courts.

Justice Marchand has devoted a significant part of his career to the reconciliation of many indigenous peoples, including pursuing civil claims for historical child abuse in institutional settings and representing large numbers of dormitory survivors. In 2005 he helped negotiate and was a signatory to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest class action lawsuit in Canadian history. He was a member of the Monitoring Committee for the Independent Assessment Process and the Selection Committee for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Justice Marchand had the privilege of presiding before the First Nations Court in Kamloopswhere, with the help of elders, healing plans for offenders are developed.

justice F. Matthew Kirchner born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1994 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1997, both from the University of British Columbia.

Mr. Justice Kirchner was a clerk at the British Columbia Supreme Court before joining Ratcliff and Company LLP in Vancouver. He was appointed to the bar in 1999 and has remained with Ratcliff throughout his career, most recently as managing partner. His legal practice has focused on litigation related to Aboriginal rights. He has represented First Nations and Indigenous clients in several key lawsuits, appeals, and judicial reviews of Aboriginal rights, including commercial fishing rights cases, land and reserve claims, fiduciary claims, natural resource disputes, and environmental issues. He has appeared in on all levels of judgment British Columbia, the federal courts and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Kirchner served on the board of directors of the Georgia Strait Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the environment of the Strait Georgia and the surrounding waters as well as the Gambier Island Conservancy. He also volunteers for the Vancouver Athletic Football Club and helps coach a youth soccer team.

Apart from the law, Justice Kirchner enjoys spending time on the water in Howe Sound and his extended family’s cottage Gambier Island with his partner Lisa and their two children.

Fast facts

  • More than 440 judges have been appointed at the Supreme Court level since then November 2015. These exceptional lawyers represent the diversity that is increasing Canada. Of these judges, more than half are women, and the appointments reflect increased representation of visible minorities, indigenous people, LGBTQ2 + and those who identify themselves as disabled.

  • The government of Canada is committed to promoting access to justice for all Canadians. The 2018 budget is providing funding to improve outcomes for Canadian families $ 77.2 million over four years to support the expansion of unified family courts from 2019-2020. This investment in the family justice system will create 39 new judicial positions in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • The Federal Courts are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Federal Cabinet and on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice.

  • The judicial councils over Canada play a key role in evaluating court applications. There are 17 judicial councils on which each province and area is represented.

  • Significant reforms to the role and structure of the Judicial Councils have been announced, aimed at improving the independence and transparency of the process 20th October 2016.

SOURCE Department of Justice canada

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