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Lethbridge Crown prosecutor appointed Alberta provincial court judge

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The Alberta government has appointed a local Crown lawyer as a provincial court judge for the southern region.

Erin Olsen received her bachelor of arts degree in Scandinavian languages and literature in 1993 from the University of Alberta. She also studied at the University of Oslo before completing her bachelor of laws in 1997 from the University of Calgary.

Judge Olsen was called to the bar in 1998 and has spent her entire legal career as a Crown prosecutor. Since 2019, she has been a chief Crown prosecutor in Lethbridge while maintaining a serious, violent crime caseload and regular docket appearances. Her project and committee work outside of the courtroom included Integrated Services Court, Drug Treatment Court, the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee and the Sexual Violence Action Committee.

“I offer my sincere congratulations to the Honourable Erin Olsen and wish her success in her new role. Her work within the community of Lethbridge will be a tremendous asset while she serves on the bench, and I am confident she will do an exemplary job delivering justice on behalf of all Albertans,” Kaycee Madu, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General 

Judge was an instructor and speaker at Lethbridge College and taught a national search warrant drafting course for law enforcement.

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Lawyers with at least 10 years at the bar can apply to become a Provincial Court of Alberta judge. Applications are considered first by the Judicial Council, which recommends applicants to the Provincial Court Nominating Committee. The committee then selects candidates, interviews and makes recommendations to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.

(Government of Alberta)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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