Appointment to the Supreme Court of BC

  • January 19, 2018

I am pleased to advise that Jasvinder Singh (Bill) Basran has been appointed to the Supreme Court effective immediately and will be resident in Vancouver. 

Please join me in congratulating The Honourable Mr. Justice Basran.

Christopher E. Hinkson
Chief Justice

From the Government of 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.

Jasvinder S. (Bill) Basran, Regional Director General and Senior General Counsel with Justice Canada, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver. He replaces Madam Justice B. Fisher, who was appointed to the Court of Appeal of British Columbia on September 14, 2017.

Biography

Justice Jasvinder S. (Bill) Basran holds degrees in commerce (1989) and law (1994) from the University of Saskatchewan. After articling with Campney & Murphy in Vancouver, he was admitted to the British Columbia bar in 1995. He then joined the Department of Justice Canada in Vancouver, where he practised primarily in the area of tax litigation and appeared before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court, and the Federal Court of Appeal. 

In 2004, Justice Basran became General Counsel and Director of the B.C. Tax Law Section of the Department of Justice. In this capacity, he was responsible for federal civil tax litigation in British Columbia and managed a group of over 60 lawyers and staff. He was also a member of the National Tax Board of Directors.

In 2007, Justice Basran was appointed Regional Director General of the B.C. Regional Office of the Department of Justice. He was responsible for more than 400 employees who provided litigation and advisory services. From 2007 to 2016, he was a member of the Department of Justice Executive Committee, and he was a member of the National Litigation Sector’s Board of Directors from 2016 until his appointment.  

Justice Basran helped launch the Department’s National Mentoring Program and was the Department’s Champion for Visible Minorities for almost a decade. He was also instrumental in creating and developing the first Pro Bono Program at the Department of Justice, which currently consists of nine legal clinics in eight cities across Canada. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work on this initiative. Since 2003, Justice Basran has volunteered with various amateur sports organizations as a coach and board member, and he has been a Director of the Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia since 2014.

Justice Basran travels extensively, plays golf badly, and enjoys time with close family and friends.