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Trudeau names 1st Indigenous person as B.C.’s chief justice

Syilx Okanagan Nation’s Leonard Marchand replaces Robert J. Bauman, who retired in October
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The Law Courts building, which is home to B.C. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, is seen in Vancouver, on Thursday, November 23, 2023. Leonard Marchand has been appointed as the new chief justice of the B.C. and Yukon Courts of Appeal in what the B.C. attorney general calls “a historic appointment.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Leonard Marchand has been appointed as the new chief justice of the B.C. and Yukon Courts of Appeal in what the B.C. attorney general calls “a historic appointment.”

Marchand is from the Syilx Okanagan Nation and is the first Indigenous person to be appointed as chief justice in the province.

Marchand was appointed to the role Friday (Dec. 8) by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

B.C. Attorney General Niki Sharma says Marchand has consistently demonstrated a commitment to upholding the principles of “fairness, integrity and the rule of law.”

Prior to his appointment, Marchand was a judge of the Provincial Court of B.C. from 2013 to 2017, and in 2021 was appointed to the B.C. Court of Appeal.

He replaces former B.C. chief justice Robert J. Bauman, who retired in October.

The Canadian Press





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