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09 October 2009

Donald Brenner, Q.C. Recognized in Canadian Paralegal Institute for Contribution to Law

Farris Senior Counsel, Donald Brenner, Q.C. is recognized for his substantive contribution to the Law in a two-part Feature Article that represents Mr. Brenner’s final interview as Chief Justice of the BC Supreme Court.

Appearing in the September and October issues of Canadian Paralegal Institute, Part One of Two discusses Brenner’s role as Chief Justice of the BC Supreme Court from 2000 to 2009, offering not only a summary of the changes he effected but also his perspective on those changes.

From “Primus Inter Pares: Chief Justice Brenner’s Final Interview (Part 1 of 2),” an interview by Dom Bautista:

On September 7, 2009, Chief Justice Donald I. Brenner will be stepping down as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of BC. He is leaving behind a court which he believes is “as strong a trial court as exists anywhere.” Recognizing that the strength of the court lies in its people, the Chief Justice spoke very highly of his judicial colleagues and the employees of judicial administration and court services who support the judiciary. “Our employees are very dedicated. I think they do a great job of helping us to serve the public of British Columbia.”

Rising to the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, he envisioned a tenure spanning several years which would allow him time to work to bring about various reforms focused mainly on his personal objective – to see access to justice improved for all.

Nine years later, the Chief Justice is confident that he has achieved what he started out to do stating, “When I started in 2000, my view was that the right length of tenure would be between five and eight years: a period long enough to accomplish what I wanted to accomplish, but not so long that I would start to grow stale. I did not want to overstay because I believe that institutions such as this court can benefit from the infusion of fresh ideas and energy that can come with a periodic change of leadership.  After nine years, my view remains unchanged. And so, when I had accomplished a number of things that I had in mind when I started, as well as the other things that came along while I was here, I thought it was an appropriate time to go.” But he added this emphatically “I was not going anywhere until I had completed my work on the new Civil and Family Rules.  When the new rules containing all of the important changes that I was seeking became law, the successful conclusion of that project meant that I was able to step down.”

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