B.C. appoints two Supreme Court masters in Kelowna, Nanaimo
Sandra Dick and Steven Wilson have been appointed masters of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Wilson will take his seat in Kelowna Nov. 23, 2015, while Dick’s appointment in Nanaimo is effective Jan. 1, 2016.
Affiliated with Pushor Mitchell LLP, Wilson has more than two decades’ experience in commercial and civil litigation.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC) law school, Wilson has also been accepted as an expert in B.C. practice and procedure by the Superior Court of California, San Mateo County.
His volunteer commitments have included the John Howard Society, Kelowna Youth Soccer and Kelowna Community Resources Society.
Also a graduate of the UBC law school, Dick is a partner at Nanaimo’s Heath Law LLP, where she practises in the area of family law and has experience in estate administration, conveyancing and personal injury litigation.
In addition to supporting youth athletics and the performing arts in her community, she is also a governor of the Law Foundation of B.C. and former president of the Nanaimo City Bar Association.
- There are now 13 Supreme Court masters – in Vancouver, Victoria, New Westminster, Kamloops, Kelowna and Nanaimo – who sit at Supreme Court locations throughout the province.
- Presiding in civil chambers and registrar hearings, a master makes decisions about pre-trial motions and procedural orders.
How a master is appointed:
- Lawyers submit applications, which are reviewed by an ad hoc committee made up of B.C.’s deputy attorney general, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of B.C., the president of the Law Society of British Columbia and the president of the Canadian Bar Association’s B.C. branch.
- The ad hoc committee makes recommendations to B.C.’s Attorney General, who consults with the chief justice.
- The Attorney General makes recommendations to cabinet, which makes appointments through an order-in-council.