Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 13, 2012 14:42 ET

Lieutenant-Colonel Randall William Callan Appointed as a Judge in the British Columbia Provincial Court

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 13, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, is proud to highlight the recent appointment of a Canadian Forces member, Lt.-Col. Randall William Callan, as a Judge to the British Columbia Provincial Court.

"Lt.-Col. Callan's appointment to the British Columbia Provincial Court is a significant accomplishment, and speaks to his great skills as a lawyer and to the excellent calibre of our Canadian Forces legal officers," said the Honourable Peter MacKay. "On behalf of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces, I would like to congratulate Lt.-Col. Callan on his appointment, thank him for years of dedicated service to the Canadian Forces and wish him the very best of luck in his new role."

"Lt.-Col. Randy Callan has served with great distinction and honour, both as a Reservist and as a Regular Force member during his career in the Canadian Forces. He has developed the skills and experience that will serve him well in this demanding position with the B.C. provincial court," said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. "His appointment also reflects very well upon the Office of the Judge Advocate General and the Canadian Forces as a whole. I'm extremely proud of him and I wish him well as he assumes this important post."

Lt.-Col. Callan is a legal officer with the Office of the Judge Advocate General and is currently serving as the Assistant Judge Advocate General Atlantic Region. He has been deployed to Afghanistan and Sudan and was counsel for the Government of Canada and the Canadian Forces before the Somalia Inquiry in 1996.

"I am very pleased to congratulate Judge Callan on his appointment," said Brig.-Gen Blaise Cathcart, Judge Advocate General. "Randy Callan is an outstanding legal officer who has served the Canadian Forces loyally and well, both at home and abroad. His appointment to the bench is a rare and high honour. It provides an indication of the respect in which Judge Callan is held within the legal profession and reflects the high quality of the legal officers within the Office of the Judge Advocate General. Randy's extensive experience as trial counsel within the Canadian military justice system will serve him well in his new role."

Lt.-Col. Callan is one of nine newly appointed Provincial Court judges in regions across the province of British Columbia to further address caseload pressures on B.C.'s courts and improve access to the justice system. Lt.-Col. Callan will serve in Prince George and his appointment is effective April 2, 2012. He will be retiring from the Canadian Forces at that time.

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For Lt.-Col. Randall William Callan's full biography, please visit the following link:

For more information on the nine new judges appointed to courtrooms across B.C., please visit the province of B.C. issued news release:

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