British Columbia Judicial Appointment Announced

OTTAWA, November 8, 2013 – The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment:

The Honourable Richard B.T. Goepel, a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, is appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia to replace Mr. Justice C.E. Hinkson, who has been appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Mr. Justice Goepel was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 2001.  He obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia in 1973 and was admitted to the Bar of British Columbia in 1974.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999.

Prior to his appointment, he practised with Watson Goepel Maledy and predecessor firms in Vancouver.  His practice focus was on commercial litigation and insurance law.

This appointment is effectively immediately.



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