Member at large
James earned his Honours B.A. from Glendon College in Toronto in 1979 and obtained his LL.B. from Queen’s University in 1982. He articled in Toronto in 1983, was called to the Ontario Bar in April 1984, and practiced in Toronto until 1998, primarily as a sole practitioner. In 1998, he took a management position with the Legal Services Society in B.C., transferring to the B.C. Bar one year later. Also in 1999, James received his LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School, specializing in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He took the position of Director of Criminal Justice Transformation Projects for the Criminal Justice Reform Secretariat in 2007 and in 2010, was appointed Executive Director of Criminal Justice and Legal Access Policy for the Justice Services Branch of the Ministry of Justice in Victoria. He was appointed to the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission in 2011 and was appointed Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of the Justice Services Branch in 2015. In 2016, James returned to his former Executive Director position, retiring from that role in March 2018.
Since retirement, James has performed volunteer board activity, done consulting work and was appointed Alternate Chair of the B.C. Review Board in June 2019.