Brian Hen­drick­son ap­pointed as a Pro­vin­cial Court judge in Moose Jaw

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Brian Hen­drick­son, at the age of 62 and af­ter more than 35 years as a lawyer, has been ap­pointed as a judge to the Pro­vin­cial Court in Moose Jaw. “It was a huge sur­prise, but re­ally hum­bling,” Hen­drick­son said. “It’s a huge hon­our. I’m not just say­ing that. It is a huge hon­our.” Fol­low­ing the call to the bar, Hen­drick­son had a stream of well-wish­ers of­fer­ing him con­grat­u­la­tions. Judge Hen­drick­son re­ceived a law de­gree from the Univer­sity of Saskatchewan in 1981. He be­gan his ca­reer as an ar­ti­cling clerk with the Court of Queen’s Bench, Chief Jus­tice’s of­fice in Regina. He went on to work as a lawyer with Ren­dek McCrank in Regina and then with the Min­istry of Jus­tice as a Pros­e­cu­tor, Di­rec­tor of Sher­iff’s Ser­vices, Se­nior Crown Pros­e­cu­tor and most re­cently as the Re­gional Crown Pros­e­cu­tor in Moose Jaw.

“Judge Hen­drick­son is an ex­cep­tional ap­point­ment to the bench,” said Jus­tice Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Don Mor­gan. “He has made valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to the le­gal com­muni- ty in Saskatchewan for more than 35 years. His knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and com­mit­ment to pub­lic ser­vice will cer­tainly en­hance the ju­di­cial sys­tem in our province.” Prospec­tive judges ap­ply for con­sid­er­a­tion by the eight-per­son Saskatchewan Ju­di­cial Coun­cil. The Ju­di­cial Coun­cil re­views and eval­u­ates the ap­pli­cants and the can­di­dates re­ceive a des­ig­na­tion of “highly rec­om­mended”, “rec­om­mended” or “not rec­om­mended”. The list of the Coun­cil’s rec­om­men­da­tions is pro­vided to the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice. When a new judge is re­quired, the ap­point­ment is made from this list. Hen­drick­son first put his name for­ward to the Saskatchewan Ju­di­cial Coun­cil more than a decade ago. “My logic was, that around 50, that was a nice age to be think­ing about such things. You’re in a nice po­si­tion to hope­fully be a judge of char­ac­ter, so I had ap­plied be­fore and had my name in for a few years,” Hen­drick­son said. While the ju­di­cial ap­point­ment didn’t come im­me­di­ately, Hen­drick­son said that he was “per­fectly con­tent in prac­tice for 30 years.”

not just say­ing that. It is a huge hon­our.”

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