Monday, June 09, 2008
From BC Court of Appeal
here is a contributor's unsourced, unverified report:
MEDIA ARE ALLOWED TO REPORT ON THE APPEAL DESPITE BERARDINO TAKING NO POSITION.
BERARDINO SAYS JUSTICE BENNETT IS WRONG.
MORE TO COME
Prosecutor in leg raid case wants defence barred from informant hearing
VANCOUVER — The special prosecutor in the B.C. legislature raid case is fighting to protect the identity of a police informant.
Bill Berardino told an appeal court panel that B.C. Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Bennett made a mistake when she ruled earlier that defence lawyers could be present during in-camera hearings.
Berardino says the ruling breaks the Evidence Act and has a chilling effect on potential informants.
He told the panel that a court order for confidentiality from the defence lawyers is not enough.
The special prosecutor had wanted to call the police informant to a closed hearing with only the judge and Crown lawyers present.
Former ministerial aides Dave Basi and Bobby Virk are accused of breach of trust and fraud over the privatization of B.C. Rail in 2003, in the case that triggered an unprecedented police raid on the B.C. legislature.
Anon 1:40's entire message is posted.
But here's the thing:
BC Court of Appeal sits at the Law Courts, 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver. So the directions should be available to visitors in the lobby.
Or you can phone to find out the designated courtroom and whether we the people are free to enter.
The number for General Inquiries: (604) 660-2468.
But the Appeal Trial wasn't the only screwup. My little favourite #49026-1 the CN environmental hearings on the Cheekamus River Disaster disappeared from the Docket today. No explanations, nothing. They haven't posted the Completed List yet but if it is not on the docket then it may not be on the completed list either. IT WAS THERE THIS MORNING!
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