Born and raised in Vancouver, Wallace Gilby Craig graduated from the University of British Columbia faculty of law in 1954. He practiced law from 1955 to 1975. In 1975 Wallace Craig was appointed to the bench of the Provincial Court of British Columbia (Vancouver Criminal Division). He retired in 2001. "My values and beliefs were shaped by my experiences as I grew up and these values and beliefs became entwined with my experiences as an ordinary lawyer in Vancouver. I did not shed them when I became a judge at age forty-four. On the contrary, I took them with me each day I went into court to judge a fellow citizen" says retired Judge Craig. During his 26 years in court he sensed that the criminal justice system and particularly the judiciary was dispensing justice without any real sense of law and order. In his view, the criminal justice system has ceased to be a deterrent to criminal behaviour. Following his retirement in 2001, he was released from the judicial constraint against engaging in public discussion and political comment and focused his efforts on raising public awareness about the state of the justice system.
Retired Justice Wallace Gilby Craig shares his thoughts on how we are doing on addictions, violence, home and auto invasions, gangs, courts, prosecutors, and judges.
The directors of the Canadian Justice Review Board come from various walks of life and occupations. We represent a broad range of Canadians who are concerned about the state of the justice system.