- The first Queen’s Counsel was in 1594 when Queen Elizabeth I reserved Francis Bacon as her legal advisor.
- There were 179 nominations for this honour this year in B.C.
- Only 7% of practising B.C. lawyers can be awarded the designation of QC.
- Currently there are 489 QCs out of 11,245 practising members of the bar.
The advisory committee for Queen’s counsel appointments includes:
- The Chief Justice of B.C.
- The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of B.C.
- The Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of B.C.
- The president of the Law Society of B.C. (LSBC)
- The president of the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch (CBABC)
- A Law Society of B.C. member appointed by the benchers (directors) and
- B.C.’s Deputy Attorney General
Visit the Attorney General’s website for more information about the Queen’s Counsel designation.