ONE OF Terrace’s local lawyers has been appointed to the bench, albeit not here.
Terence Wright will be serving in Smithers as of March 1, said the provincial government in a release Feb. 7.
Nine judges in total have been appointed in various regions around the province.
Wright, born in Terrace, practised law here for more than 25 years.
He is an associate with Warner Bandstra Brown and focused on criminal, family and civil litigation.
Wright is also on the board of directors for the Terrace and District Community Services Society.
The process to appoint judges involves several steps.
First, interested lawyers apply and the B.C. Judicial Council, a committee made up of the chief judge, other judges, lawyers and lay people, then reviews the candidates.
Then the council recommends potential judges to the attorney general.
Final appointments are made through a cabinet order-in-council.