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News Release - Manitoba

August 5, 1999



Justice Minister Vic Toews today announced the appointment of Lynn Stannard and Sidney Lerner to the Provincial Court of Manitoba.

"The deep commitment to the law and the community shown by these individuals will serve Manitobans well in the provincial court," Toews said. "Both are experienced Crown attorneys with very strong track records."

Lynn Stannard has been with the Justice Department since 1984. She has served as a youth court prosecutor, specialized in prosecutions involving child abuse and domestic violence, and became the senior Crown attorney of the Family Violence Unit when it was created in 1990. Recently she has held the position of director of prosecutions. She received her law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1983.

Sidney Lerner currently serves as the senior Crown attorney for Court of Queen's Bench trials. He received his law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1981, and was called to the bar in 1982. He worked in private practice before joining the Crown attorney's office in 1984 and has extensive criminal law experience.

Provincial judges are appointed following an evaluation by an independent nominating committee which includes the chief judge of the provincial court as a chairperson, a provincial court judge and representatives of the Law Society of Manitoba, the Manitoba Division of the Canadian Bar Association and three community representatives.

The committee reviews applications, holds interviews and provides the minister with a list of qualified candidates. The minister noted a third appointment to the bench will soon also be made from this list.

The appointments are effective immediately and a swearing in ceremony will be scheduled shortly.

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