News Release - Manitoba

October 20, 2006

NEW JUDGE APPOINTED TO PROVINCIAL COURT


Attorney General Dave Chomiak has announced the appointment of Brian Midwinter to the provincial court of Manitoba, effective immediately.
                                                                                         
“Brian Midwinter brings depth of experience and dedication to the law and the community to his new role as a judge,” said Chomiak. “He has already made a valuable contribution to The Pas and the profession and I am confident he will serve the community very well in his new capacity.” 
 
Midwinter graduated from the University of Manitoba law school in 1977. He articled with Manitoba Justice and while he first practiced law as a Crown attorney, most of his 26 years of experience have been as a defence attorney in private practice. 
 
In the fall of 2005, Midwinter joined Legal Aid Manitoba as a supervising attorney at the Northlands Community Law Centre in The Pas.    
 
He recently completed a two-year term as chair of the Legal Aid Liaison Committee and has been very active with the Manitoba Bar Association. He was selected to receive the Canadian Bar Association 2006 President’s Award for his contributions to the legal profession and the association. He received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in January 2003. 
 
Midwinter’s involvement in the community includes serving on the board of Brandon Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Brandon United Nations High School seminar.  He served as an artillery officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve with the 26th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery from 1973 to 1993, retiring as deputy commanding officer of the regiment with the rank of major.
 
The new judge was selected from a list of candidates recommended by an independent judicial nominating committee. The committee was chaired by the chief judge of the provincial court of Manitoba Raymond E. Wyant and included three community representatives, representatives of the Law Society of Manitoba and the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and a provincial court judge.
 
A swearing-in ceremony will be scheduled as soon as possible.