A Swift Current lawyer was recently appointed a new position as the Lloydminster Provincial Court newly re-opened. 

Stephen Kritzer received the call early last month and will be making the move up as a Judge.  

“It's a real humbling experience,” he said. “You think about it as a lawyer, but you don't realize what it's going to be like until you're actually on the bench. It's a lot of responsibility, and I just hope that I can do a great job of it because it's important to anyone that comes into the courtroom.”  

Kritzer started his career in Swift Current back in 1994, first working for the firm MacBeam Tessem, then quickly making a jump to Public Prosecutions. 

In his 28 years of living in the city and working in the public sector, Kritzer nurtured his passions for sports and community. He was a board member for the Swift Current Broncos, president of the Southwest Crisis Services Board, and a member of both Big Brothers & Big Sisters Swift Current and KidSport Swift Current.  

Judge Kritzer has also been active in charity work around the southwest; having canvassed door-to-door for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Cancer Society, fundraising for the United Way and Maverick School in Swift Current, and packing gift hampers for the Salvation Army for the holidays. 

In a provincial release announcing his new appointment as Judge, Justice Minister and Attorney General Bronwyn Eyre said, “I have no doubt that Judge Kritzer will serve Lloydminster and the province honourably and well. His extensive experience, strong reputation, and deep commitment to community will enable him to fulfill his judicial mandate with distinction.” 

Most recently, he was teaching at the Saskatchewan Police College in Regina, which Kritzer described as a dream, getting to teach and work with motivated and great human beings. 

“I want to thank all of the people that I've worked with,” he said. "Glenn Herman, Curtis Wiebe, Justice Bazin, all of the defense counsel in in town—because it's a body of work, and they play a huge role.”