Local lawyers among 114 Queen’s counsel appointees

Two lawyers from Red Deer are among those most recently elevated to the rank of Queen’s counsel.

Two lawyers from Red Deer are among those most recently elevated to the rank of Queen’s counsel.

Suzanne Maria Alexander-Smith and Christopher Rickards are among the 114 QC appointments announced on Tuesday by Solicitor General Jonathan Denis.

A call is made for applications every second September and then submitted to the Law Society of Alberta for screening. Final selections are made by the justice minister and cabinet and then forwarded to the lieutenant governor, who makes the appointments.

Queen’s (or King’s) counsel appointments date back to 16th-century England as a means of recognizing lawyers from both the public and private sectors for exceptional capability and talent.

Canada’s first QCs were appointed in 1841.