Appointment to the Supreme Court of BC

  • December 19, 2017

I am pleased to advise that Francesca V. Marzari has been appointed to the Supreme Court effective immediately and will be resident in Vancouver. 

Please join me in congratulating The Honourable Madam Justice Marzari.

Christopher E. Hinkson
Chief Justice

From the Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Francesca Marzari, a partner at Young Anderson Barristers and Solicitors, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She replaces Madam Justice V. Gray, who resigned effective August 31, 2017.

Biography

Justice Francesca Marzari joined the municipal law boutique Young Anderson in 1998, where she was a partner until her appointment. There she specialized in administrative law; her other areas of practice included constitutional division of powers, human rights, tort liability, environmental law, judicial review, freedom of information and planning law. A trusted advisor, Justice Marzari carried on an active litigation practice, appearing before all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

Throughout her career, Justice Marzari has dedicated herself to improving the accessibility and inclusiveness of laws and institutions. She contributed to the equality work of West Coast LEAF (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund) as a board member and as pro bono counsel. She represented West Coast LEAF before the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark decision Trial Lawyers Association v. British Columbia (Attorney General), which recognized a constitutional foundation for access to justice. She was well-known as an advocate for improved and equal access to justice as a volunteer with the Canadian Bar Association – British Columbia.

After completing her law degree at the University of British Columbia, Justice Marzari clerked at the British Columbia Court of Appeal. She has been a regular lecturer at Allard School of Law and Capilano University, as well as a frequent contributor to continuing legal education programs.