Hon. Mr. Justice Richard M. L. Blair (Ret.)
Judge in Residence
B.A. (UBC), LLB (UBC)
The Honourable Mr. Justice Richard M. L. Blair worked for the law firm of Meikle and Shupe, which later became known as Meikle, Shupe, and Blair. He then joined the Kamloops legal firm formerly known as Mair Horne Janowsky Blair, now MJB, or Mair Jensen Blair and remained with that firm until June 1992.
He conducted a general legal practice including criminal law, both defence and ad-hoc Crown work, family law, real estate, wills and estates and civil litigation, but by 1982 had streamlined his practice to civil litigation, including real estate expropriation.
In June 1992, the Honourable Mr. Blair was appointed to the Supreme Court, sitting in Vancouver. In July 1994 he returned to Kamloops, replacing Mr. Justice Houghton on his retirement from the Supreme Court.
He was a Supreme Court judge primarily in Kamloops until retirement in April, 2013. During his time on the bench he was involved in criminal, family and civil cases.
The Honourable Mr. Blair has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overlander Extended Care Hospital, retiring as chair of that board when appointed to the Supreme Court. He also served a term as president of the Gyro Club of Kamloops and performed various functions in the political atmosphere.
He continues to be involved in many other activities including long-distance cycling with the B.C. Randonneurs Cycling Club, trekking in South America and the Himalayas, in addition to downhill, back country, and cross country skiing.
He joined the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University as the inaugural Judge in Residence and will be assisting in the many clinical and experiential programs.