In memoriam

William Rogers McIntyreWilliam Rogers McIntyre

The Law Society marks the passing of former Supreme Court of Canada Justice William Rogers McIntyre.

McIntyre graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1939 and enlisted in the army two years later. He served overseas in the Second World War, taking part in the Battle of Ortona in December 1943.

He returned to Canada in 1946 and completed an LLB at the University of Saskatchewan. Called in both Saskatchewan and British Columbia, McIntyre moved to Victoria where he practised law for 20 years before his appointment to the Supreme Court of BC in 1967. Six years later he was elevated to the BC Court of Appeal, then to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1979, where he served 10 years before retiring.

McIntyre was elected a Bencher of the Law Society in 1965, serving until his appointment to the Bench in 1967. He was a member of the Law Society’s No-Fault Insurance Task Force from 1995 to 1996. 

Hugh StansfieldHugh Stansfield

The Law Society is deeply saddened by the loss of Hugh Stansfield, Chief Justice of the British Columbia Provincial Court.

Stansfield graduated from UBC law school in 1979. Called to the Bar in 1980, he practised civil, family and criminal litigation until he was appointed to the Provincial Court in 1993.

Stansfield became an Associate Chief Judge in 1998 and a member of the Judicial Council in 2001. He was appointed Chief Judge of the Provincial Court on July 1, 2005.

Despite a diagnosis of multiple myeloma in 2003, Stansfield remained an active and energetic member of the court. He worked tirelessly to improve access to justice for BC’s neediest citizens.

Stansfield was a strong supporter of Canada’s first community court, a joint initiative of the Provincial Court and the Government of BC aimed at breaking the cycle of crime, homelessness, addiction and mental illness.

“This [problem] requires an integrated approach to case management, with many different services — the community court puts these services under the same roof,” said Stansfield on the day the court first opened in September 2008. “It’s a sophisticated and integrated response to a complicated set of problems.”

Stansfield was an active participant in judicial education, serving as Chair of the Judges’ Education Committee. And he was always finding ways to improve access to the court for both the public and the media.

“Chief Judge Stansfield was passionate about making his court accessible and he was very good about getting people to share his passion. This is a very big loss for British Columbia,” said President Gordon Turriff, QC.

Stansfield is survived by his wife Jo-Ann and sons Colin, David, Patrick and Matthew.