The judge scheduled to hear the case against one of his former colleagues accused of a handful of sex assault charges will not be revealed until the trial starts.
A short list of three Supreme Court judges was narrowed to two on Tuesday during a teleconference between Crown and defence lawyers and Justice Patrick Dohm, associate chief justice of the B.C. Supreme Court.
The one judge removed from the list was a Vancouver-based Supreme Court judge. No explanation was given for his removal from the list.
The names are subject to a publication ban until the trial starts. The issue is considered sensitive because the judge will hear one of the most serious criminal cases against a former judge ever held in B.C.
David William Ramsay was charged last year with three counts of sexual assault, including one with a weapon, a charge of sexual touching of a girl under 14, and a charge of soliciting the sexual services of a person under 18.
He was also charged with breach of trust due to the fact that he was a sitting provincial court judge between 1992 and 2001 when the offences are alleged to have taken place.
Ramsay was appointed as a provincial court judge in 1991. He resigned from his post on October 31, 2002.
Ramsay has not appeared in court since the charges were first sworn a year ago.
His trial is still scheduled to start on May 3 in B.C. Supreme Court in Prince George.
Another pre-trial conference is slated for March 30 at 9:30 a.m.