Provincial Court of British Columbia welcomes three new judges

Tim Hinkson, David Simpkin, and Lynett Jung appointed as new judges

Provincial Court of British Columbia welcomes three new judges

British Columbia’s Ministry of Attorney General recently announced the appointments of Tim Hinkson, David Simpkin, and Lynett Jung as new judges of the Provincial Court of British Columbia.

Hinkson will be assigned out of the Fraser region with chambers in Surrey. He will take office on November 18.

He earned his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2005 and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2006. He had a diverse practice and worked at the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) early in his career. He also practised as a criminal defence counsel.

His practice involved defending professionals in negligence and related claims, general insurance matters, and motor vehicle actions. He recently served as a civil litigator. Outside his legal work, he is an active volunteer in the legal profession and has mentored young lawyers.

Simpkin will be assigned to the Northern region with chambers in Prince George. He will be sworn in on December 1.

He completed a graduate diploma in law from Bournemouth University in England and earned a legal practice course certificate from York Law School in 1995. In 2000, he completed the Canadian transfer examinations and was admitted to the British Columbia bar in 2001.

He specialized in civil litigation, criminal defence, and child protection matters during his legal practice. He has been serving as Crown counsel in Surrey for 15 years.

Jung will be assigned to the Interior region with chambers in Penticton. She will commence her term on December 1.

She obtained her law degree from Queen’s University in 1992 and was called to the British Columbia bar in 1993. Shortly after, she handled Insurance Council of British Columbia (ICBC) defence, family law litigation, and civil litigation work. In 1997, she was appointed Crown counsel in the Fraser Region.

In 2017, she was named deputy director for legal resources, learning, and development at the BCPS. She has been a professional development and education leader for Crown counsel throughout her career.

“The province is committed to promoting fair access to justice for all residents of BC,” the ministry said. “These appointment decisions consider multiple factors, including the needs of the court, the diversity of the bench, and the candidates’ areas of expertise.”

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