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September 19, 2017

BC lawyers interested in making a Queen’s Counsel nomination in 2017 are reminded that instructions and an online application form are available from the website of the Ministry of Attorney General. The deadline for nominations is October 27, 2017. Appointments will be announced by the end of the year.

Outside of an immediate family member of a nominee or nominees themselves, anyone can submit a nomination by completing an application form.

A candidate for Queen’s Counsel must:

  • belong to the BC bar, and have been a member for at least five years; and
  • demonstrate professional integrity, good character and excellence in the practice of law. Such excellence could be determined by any of the following:
    • being acknowledged by his or her peers as a leading counsel or exceptionally gifted practitioner;
    • having demonstrated exceptional qualities of leadership in the profession, including in the conduct of the affairs of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society and other legal organizations; or
    • having done outstanding work in the fields of legal education or legal scholarship.

Applications will be reviewed by an advisory committee, which will also recommend deserving candidates to the Attorney General. The committee includes the Chief Justice of British Columbia, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of BC, the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court, two members of the Law Society appointed by the Benchers and the Deputy Attorney General.

For more information, contact the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at 250.356.0149.