NJI welcomes Justice Tom Crabtree as its new CJO and Justice C. Adèle Kent as its first CJO Emerita 

Justice Thomas (Tom) J. Crabtree, an experienced jurist known for his commitment to judicial professional development, has joined the National Judicial Institute as its new Chief Judicial Officer (CJO). He brings a wealth of experience to the position. 

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. 

After seven years, Justice C. Adèle Kent retires as the NJI’s Chief Judicial Officer (CJO). Her commitment to judicial professional development will continue, however. The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada and Chair of the NJI Board of Governors, recently announced that Justice Kent will become NJI’s first CJO Emerita. In this new role, Justice Kent will continue to champion judicial education in Canada and abroad.  




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