The provincial government has appointed a new Supreme Court of B.C. master in Kamloops.
The appointment of Jennifer Keim to the Kamloops Law Courts is effective as of Aug. 1.
Keim received a bachelor of laws from the University of Alberta in 1995 and was called to the B.C. bar in 1996. She joined the British Columbia Lottery Corporation in 2013. A year later, Keim was appointed general counsel, director of legal services and information management and corporate secretary.
Prior to joining BCLC, Keim worked for more than 16 years in private practice, focused primarily on family law. She has appeared regularly in both the Supreme Court and provincial court and has been a certified family law mediator since 1999.
What is a master?
Fifteen Supreme Court masters sit at Supreme Court locations in Kamloops, Vancouver, Victoria, New Westminster, Kelowna and Nanaimo.
Presiding in civil chambers and registrar hearings, a master makes decisions about pre-trial motions and procedural orders.
How is a master appointed?
Lawyers submit applications, which are reviewed by an ad hoc committee made up of B.C.’s deputy attorney general, a justice of the Supreme Court of B.C., a representative of the Law Society of British Columbia and a representative of the Canadian Bar Association’s B.C. branch.
Following consultation with the chief justice, the attorney general makes a recommendation to cabinet, which makes appointments through an order-in-council.