Elizabeth Arnold-Bailey, Hon.

Elizabeth Arnold-Bailey holds the degrees of B.A. (Honours Russian) 1974 and LL.B. 1978 from the University of British Columbia. She was a member of the Bar of British Columbia from 1979 to 1990, practicing in the areas of criminal, family, civil, immigration, employment and estate law. During this time Elizabeth was in private practice with Conroy and Arnold, and worked with the Abbotsford Community Law Office, and the Prison Law Clinic. In 1982 she became General Counsel to the Legal Services Society of British Columbia, engaging in practice in a number of areas, and in the supervision and staffing of legal aid offices around the province. She taught criminal law, legal writing and clinical legal skills from 1986 to 1988 at the UBC Faculty of Law before becoming General Counsel to the Ombudsman of BC and Director of the Ombudsman’s Vancouver Office. In addition to supervising teams of investigators, the primary focus of her work for the Ombudsman was in the area of financial regulation. She was appointed to the Provincial Court of British Columbia in 1990 where she sat for the ensuing 15 years at the 222 Main Street Court House in Vancouver, hearing adult criminal cases. In 2005 Judge Arnold-Bailey was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia with chambers in New Westminster, BC. She sat in this court until 2017, presiding over criminal, family, civil and administrative law cases, including criminal and civil cases tried by judge and jury. She is the author of many published decisions. She currently teaches Evidence in the Law Faculty at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC.