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Northern B.C. gets two new provincial court judges

Scott Mulder to sit in Quesnel, Nina Purewal to preside over bail hearing project

The provincial government has appointed two new provincial court judges for Northern B.C.

Scott Mulder will sit in Quesnel where he will serve as the sole judge.

His appointment will fill the role being vacated by the resident judge upon his retirement.

Mulder has 22 years of experience in family and criminal law throughout northern B.C. This includes working as counsel for the Nisga'a Lisims Government in child protection matters as well as appearing on many Family Law Act matters and on criminal matters of all types and complexity.

Mulder holds a law degree from the University of Victoria, graduating in 1997. He grew up in the Kitimat area, and articled and practised in Terrace.

Nina Purewal will sit in the northern region presiding over a pilot project, launched in April 2021, that sees people in police custody in outlying communities take in their bail hearings from their respective RCMP detachments rather than being shipped too Prince George Regional Correctional Centre.

Purewal holds a law degree from University of Victoria, graduating in 2005, and a master's degree in international human rights from Oxford University in 2013.

She has worked for Pivot Legal Society, in the human rights field in Tanzania, as a provincial government child and youth advocate as duty counsel and as Crown counsel in the office.

Both start their new posts at the end of this month.