Two Kamloops Crown lawyers named judges

Two Kamloops prosecutors have been appointed provincial court judges.

Sheri Mark, deputy regional Crown counsel in Kamloops, and Roy Dickey were named as judges Friday. Mark will sit in Kamloops, while Dickey will preside in the Lower Mainland. Both begin their new duties Oct. 4.

Mark has prosecuted several significant cases including, the Allan Schoenborn first-degree murder trial.

"The appointment and assignments of these judges will ensure the timely management of court cases," said B.C. Attorney General Mike de Jong. "All of the judges appointed today have extensive legal experience and I'm confident their leadership will serve the public well."

The process to appoint judges involves several steps. Interested lawyers (typically with at least 10 years experience) apply and the B.C. Judicial Council, a committee made up of the chief judge, other judges, lawyers and laypeople, then reviews the candidates.

The council recommends potential judges to the attorney general, with the final appointment made through a cabinet order-in-council.

Regional Crown counsel Lorne Fisher said the appointments amount to a major blow to the Kamloops Crown team, as both Mark and Dickey were experienced, skilled lawyers with tremendous skills.

He does not question the wisdom of their appointments, however, saying both will make excellent judges.

"Both are people who care about other people, and that's what you need," Fisher said. "They both have all the personal characteristics required of any judge."

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