Justice Thomas (Tom) J. Crabtree, an experienced jurist known for his commitment to judicial professional development, has been selected as the next Chief Judicial Officer of the National Judicial Institute (NJI).
Justice Crabtree was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 2018, after serving in the Provincial Court of British Columbia as the Chief Judge for eight years and as a judge for 19 years. He has a deep interest in Indigenous issues. While Chief Judge in B.C., he worked with Indigenous communities to develop five new Indigenous Sentencing Courts and a new approach to resolving cases involving Indigenous children in care.
The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of Canada and Chair of the NJI Board of Governors, says, “I look forward to Justice Crabtree’s leadership as the NJI moves forward in delivering innovative programs and resources to assist judges in dealing with a changing justice system.”
Justice Crabtree will be taking over from Justice C. Adèle Kent, who has served as the CJO since 2014 and is retiring in May 2021.
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