High praise

Le­gal com­mu­nity lauds new Judge Kari Ann Pike

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY FRANK GALE

Stephenville’s loss of for­mer Crown Pros­e­cu­tor Kari Ann Pike is Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay’s gain as the new­est judge in the com­mu­nity.

That cer­tainly seemed to be the theme as Judge Pike was lauded by Jus­tice and Public Safety Min­is­ter An­drew Par­sons and her peers in the le­gal com­mu­nity as the Oath of Of­fice was ad­min­is­tered on her by Pamela J. Gould­ing, Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of New­found­land and Labrador, in Stephenville Provincial Court on Sept. 4.

Paul Burgess, pres­i­dent of the Law So­ci­ety of New­found­land and Labrador said in­tegrity, sound judg­ment, ded­i­ca­tion, per­se­ver­ance, pro­fes­sional com­pe­tence, fair­ness, and a com­mit­ment to the rule of law are all qual­i­ties that one would ex­pect to find in a Provincial Court judge.

“I think it is clear that Judge Pike has all of these qual­i­ties,” he said af­ter read­ing out tes­ti­mo­ni­als on Pike from peers in the law com­mu­nity and her sis­ter Ge­or­gette Pike.

Burgess told her that as she be­gins this new chap­ter in her life, to know that col­leagues un­der­stand and ac­knowl­edge the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion it has taken to get her­self to this point and that they share their pride in this mo­ment.

Pike was called to the bar on June 13, 1994 and served as Crown pros­e­cu­tor in Cor­ner Brook and Stephenville dur­ing the past 23 years and was ap­pointed to Queen’s Coun­sel ear­lier this year.

Par­sons said as a lawyer he had ex­pe­ri­ence in Bur­geo in the court­room with Pike. He said it could have gone bad but she showed him that their pro­fes­sion is col­le­gial and worked with him as an in­ex­pe­ri­enced col­league.

“It’s qual­i­ties like that will serve you well,” he said. “It’s your hu­man­ness that will make you a great judge – those qual­i­ties of em­pa­thy and un­der­stand­ing.”

He also pointed to her in­dige­nous back­ground and her in­volve­ment in the Qalipu First Na­tion, which he said will be a great as­set to her.

Pike was a found­ing mem­ber of the Law So­ci­ety’s newly cre­ated In­dige­nous Ed­u­ca­tion and Ac­tion Com­mit­tee.

Chief Bren­dan Mitchell said Qalipu First Na­tion is very proud of what Pike has ac­com­plished and that her swear­ing in was an in­cred­i­ble mo­ment.

“She’s a very ac­tive mem­ber of our or­ga­ni­za­tion and we’re proud of such a dis­tinc­tion,” he said.

In ad­di­tion to that dis­tinc­tion, her swear­ing-in also re­sulted in a 50 per cent fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the bench in this prov­ince with 11 fe­male judges of the 22 now sit­ting.

“It’s hum­bling,” Pike said of her new po­si­tion. “My main goal is to live up to ev­ery­body’s ex­pec­ta­tions.”

She rec­og­nized it’s a big un­der­tak­ing and felt a lit­tle ner­vous about it about ini­tially af­ter get­ting the word of the ap­point­ment.

How­ever, with sup­port of col­leagues she was con­fi­dent she can do the job.

SUB­MIT­TED

Kari Ann Pike, a for­mer crown pros­e­cu­tor in Stephenville, poses for a photo with her daugh­ter, 11-year-old Car­ling Pike and son 20-year-old Cameron Pike af­ter tak­ing the Oath of Of­fice at Stephenville Provincial Court as a provincial court judge on Thurs­day. She was ap­pointed to the Provincial Court in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay ef­fec­tive Aug. 8.

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