Bencher Robert Punnett appointed to Supreme Court

Robert PunnettThe Law Society congratulates the Honourable Robert Punnett on his appointment to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Justice Punnett served as a Bencher for Prince Rupert County until his appointment on June 19. He was a partner in Punnett & Johnston of Prince Rupert.

First elected a Bencher for 2006, Justice Punnett served as Chair of the Access to Legal Services Advisory Committee, Vice-Chair of the Discipline Committee and was a member of the Lawyer Education Advisory Committee, Civil Justice Reform Task Force, Delivery of Legal Services Task Force and the Family Law Task Force. He also served two terms on the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) Provincial Council and on the board of directors for the Trial Lawyers Association of BC.

Law Society President Gordon Turriff, QC congratulated the newest addition to the Supreme Court Bench.

“This is great news for the people of BC,” said Turriff. “Mr. Justice Punnett has all the qualities communities want a judge to have — he’s thoughtful, a good listener and measured in his responses.”

David Mossop, QC replaces Punnett as Chair of the Access to Legal Services Advisory Committee and Kenneth Walker as Vice-Chair of the Discipline Committee.