"Mr. Wong’s service to this province and to Canada is outstanding, and it gives me great pleasure to appoint him to the Provincial Court," said Verlyn Olson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. “Not only has he served as Alberta’s Chief Crown Prosecutor, he also served his country as a Commanding Officer in the Canadian Naval Reserves for 23 years.”
Wong was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1983. In 1984 he accepted a permanent position with the Crown Prosecutor’s Office in Calgary. During his legal career he has prosecuted sensitive and serious criminal offences including homicides, robberies, sexual assaults, as well as prosecutions involving child witnesses. Wong was appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor in 2002. In 2005 he received the Alberta Centennial Medal, awarded to Albertans whose achievements have benefited their fellow citizens, their community and their province. In addition to his legal career, Wong also served in the Naval Reserves from 1977 to 2000, as Commanding Officer of HMCS Tecumseh from 1993 to 1996, and HMCS Edmonton from 1996 to 1998. Following this command, he held an advisory position at Naval Reserve Headquarters until 2000.
The Alberta Judicial Council screens all candidates for Provincial Court appointments and forwards a list of recommended applicants to the Provincial Court Nominating Committee. The committee then interviews candidates from the list and recommends the names of those appointees felt to be of the highest calibre to the Minister of Justice.
The Provincial Court Nominating Committee was established in 1999. The 11 members are appointed by the Minister of Justice and represent the Alberta Provincial Court, the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch), other members from the legal profession, and the public. The Judicial Council has representatives from the Alberta Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, Court of Appeal and the Law Society of Alberta. It also includes two people appointed by the Minister of Justice.
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