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Former L-G Steven Point of Chilliwack reappointed to the bench

Chilliwack resident, former judge and former Lt.-Gov. Steven Point, seen here  launching the Shxwtitostel canoe at Ross Bay in Victoria in April of 2010, has been renamed to the bench as part of a government move to alleviate caseload pressures. - Adrian Lam
Chilliwack resident, former judge and former Lt.-Gov. Steven Point, seen here launching the Shxwtitostel canoe at Ross Bay in Victoria in April of 2010, has been renamed to the bench as part of a government move to alleviate caseload pressures.
— image credit: Adrian Lam

Former lieutenant-governor Steven Point will be Judge Point once again as the Ministry of Justice reappointed him to the bench on Thursday.

The move to appoint Point to Abbotsford in the Fraser Region and Judge Shannon Keyes to Prince George in the Northern Region is meant to alleviate caseload pressures, according to a government press release.

Judge Steven Point was first appointed to the Provincial Court in 1999, but took a leave of absence in 2005 when he was appointed chief commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty

Process. He retired from the bench in October 2007 when he was appointed as British Columbia's Lieutenant Governor, a position he held until 2012. Point also served as chair of the advisory committee on the safety and security of vulnerable women between December 2012 and May 2013.

From 1975 to 1999, Point served as chief of the Skowkale

First Nation in Chilliwack. While serving as chief, he attended the University of British Columbia, where he graduated with a bachelor of laws degree in 1985. He practised criminal law and native law as a partner at Point and Shirley Law Firm between 1986 and 1989. He then worked for Citizenship and Immigration Canada for 10 years before being appointed to the Provincial Court in 1999.

Judge Point's appointment is effective March 3, 2014, and Judge Keyes' appointment is effective Feb. 25, 2014.

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