Queen’s Counsel Nominations Now Open

Annual nominations for the honorary designation of Queen’s counsel (QC) have opened and will be accepted until July 16, 2021.

Annual nominations for the honorary designation of Queen’s counsel (QC) have opened and will be accepted until July 16, 2021.

The QC designation recognizes lawyers in British Columbia for distinctive merit and exceptional contributions to the legal profession. Successful candidates will have demonstrated professional integrity and good character, and must have been a member of the British Columbia bar for at least five years. The designation is governed by the Queen’s Counsel Act and bestowed annually by the lieutenant governor upon the endorsement of the attorney general.

For more information about the nomination process and the nomination form, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/for-legal-professionals/queens-counsel

Quick Facts:

  • In 2020, 26 QCs were appointed from 136 nominations.
  • No more than 7% of practicing B.C. lawyers can be appointed as Queen’s counsel.
  • All applications are reviewed by an advisory committee that recommends deserving candidates to the attorney general. The committee includes:
    • the chief justice of British Columbia;
    • the chief justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia;
    • the chief judge of the Provincial Court;
    • two members of the Law Society appointed by the benchers;
    • the president of the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch; and
    • the deputy attorney general.
  • As of April 22, 2021, there are 13,110 practising lawyers in B.C., of whom 499 have received the B.C. QC designation.
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