Prince George’s Edna Ritchie is one of the province’s newest provincial court judges.
Justice Minister Suzanne Anton announced that Ritchie and Vancouver lawyer Laura Bakan will join the ranks of the judiciary … Bakan on April 2 and Ritchie on March 20. The move is to address recent retirements and vacancies. They will each be assigned to a location, determined by the chief judge, to meet the needs of the court.
Ritchie attended law school at the University of British Columbia and graduated in 1979.
She articled and practiced in Prince George with the law firm Hope Heinrich. Subsequent to that, she moved to Vancouver and practiced with Fraser and Company. At these two firms, her practice was focused on family and civil litigation. Judge Ritchie spent approximately three years with her family and then returned to the practice of law in 1992 when she joined the Lawyers Insurance Fund at the Law Society of British Columbia.
She remained there for 20 years and handled claims against lawyers involving all areas of law, with a concentration on family law, real estate and builders liens. Ritchie gives back to her profession by mentoring legal students and contributing regularly to the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C.