Committee on Relations with the Judiciary welcomes new members

Important resource provides assistance during proceedings
Karen Nordlinger, QC    

Karen Nordlinger, QC steps down after 15 years on the Committee on Relations with the Judiciary


Three well-known senior lawyers have agreed to serve on the Committee on Relations with the Judiciary, replacing Karen Nordlinger, QC, who is stepping down after providing 15 years of service since the program’s inception.

The committee is an informal and optional resource for lawyers and judges. Its mandate is to:

  • assist lawyers who need emergency assistance in the course of a trial or other proceeding in circumstances where such assistance is requested by the judiciary; and
  • provide advice and assistance to lawyers who wish to make complaints about judges, or who wish to argue that a judge’s conduct has manifested a bias against the lawyer’s client, and in suitable cases would raise the complaints directly with the judiciary.
Ian Donaldson, QC    Dinyar Marzban, QC    J. Kenneth McEwan, QC     

L-R: Ian Donaldson, QC, Dinyar Marzban, QC and J. Kenneth McEwan, QC, are the newest members of the Committee on Relations with the Judiciary




The committee was originally formed in the late 1990s, drawing its mandate and terms of reference from the 1997 Protocol between the Law Society and the BC Courts Respecting Concerns that Arise in Ongoing Proceedings (the 1997 Protocol).

“The committee provides a service to the Bench and Bar,” said Nordlinger. “If I could not myself assist I would, with the help of the Law Society, find a lawyer to approach counsel to offer assistance.”

Three senior practitioners, drawn from civil, criminal and family litigation bars, will now form the committee. They are J. Kenneth McEwan, QC (civil), Ian Donaldson, QC (criminal) and Dinyar Marzban, QC (family).

How to access the committee

The committee acts independently of the Law Society, responding directly to requests for assistance from the Bench and Bar in carrying out its mandate.

Appointments to the committee are made by the president of the Law Society, following consultation with senior members of the judiciary and the profession. Appointments are for an indefinite term and subject to annual review.

Communication with the committee by judges and lawyers is voluntary and the committee does not communicate with or report to the Law Society on particular cases.

For more information and contact details for committee members, please visit the Law Society website and go to Lawyers > Practice Support > Committee on Relations with the Judiciary

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