Well-known Regina defence lawyer Pat Reis has been appointed a provincial court judge.

Reis has been practicing law in Saskatchewan for nearly 30 years, most of them with Legal Aid in Regina.

Before moving to Regina in 1986, he was with Legal Aid in La Ronge.

Saskatchewan Justice Minister Gord Wyant announced the appointment Friday.

"His experience in criminal and family law in rural and urban settings will be an asset to the judiciary in our province," Wyant said in a news release.

Reis replaces Judge Darin Chow, who has been appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench in Regina.