Wednesday, March 18, 2009

 

Robin Mathews reports on HMTQ v. Limited Access File #134750-1: today March 18, 2009, 2:00 PM, Room 53

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VANCOUVER LAW COURTS
Public Access Supreme Court Criminal List
Date: March 18, 2009

File #134750 Victoria Law Courts
Location of offence: Victoria, B.C.

- Count 005 Person dealing with government offering bribe
- Count 006 Offer bribe to official for exercise of influence
- Count 007 Breach of trust by public officer
- Count 008 Offering bribe to government official

- Count 005 Person dealing with government offering bribe
- Count 006 Offer bribe to official for exercise of influence
- Count 007 Breach of trust by public officer
- Count 008 Offering bribe to government official

Room 53, Vancouver Law Courts
800 Smyth Street. March 18, 2009 at 2:00 PM.
Confirmed in today's court listings.

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COURTROOM 53, AFTERNOON OF MARCH 18, 2009
Robin Mathews


Lawyers, like pigeons at Granville Island, circled and landed until there were close to twenty in Courtroom 53. Then a judge appeared - Madam Justice Humphries. The only BC Rail Scandal lawyer I spotted was Andrea MacKay, acting for the Crown in the matter of concern today.

This was a session to establish court dates and pre-trial dates for a number of accused. And so they were called, accommodated, and left - nine or ten of them (and the lawyers involved).

Then the ALR matter and the accusations against Duncan, Young, and (Dave) Basi were dealt with. Dave Basi has been committed to trial (in Victoria), and Ms. MacKay for the Crown requested and received consent for Thursday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. to have all three accused together in Vancouver court.

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Comments:
I am of the opinion, that Oppal will - if Delta electors bring back the most secretive AG in Canada's history - splash B-V-B and saddle tax-payers will court costs and legal bills. Re. all the lawyers present, as Robin noted, each and every one of them - on being served - could have faxed a consent letter to the other attorney and noted non-appearance. Tax payers shell out tens of millions for set-overs and trial-date setting in front of judges, that should be done over the phone, with final arrangements being made by Registry clerks. In criminal courts, generally only attorney fee costs arise. In civil chambers court costs are Level A = $340 (and many matters take only a couple of minutes); Level B = $550 (generally for under 30 minutes) and Level C = over 30 minutes; supposedly involving "complex" matters.

The above waste of time and money is scandalous, and Brenner (CJ, SCBC) and Oppal flunkee, Alan Seckel, devised new rules that would increase litigation time by 10% (according to the BC Bar Assn).

We put up with this crap because we defer to judges, who won't let anything slip out of their power net. The UK has 1000 Barristers, with 15 times our population; BC has 9,000. Yet, which media personnel have said a single word about this leaching from the public trough. Brenner and Seckel and Oppal are in the same social circles as the parasites who pollute Chambers rooms.

The Supreme Court of BC held a paltry 425 full trials last year. Yet one-third of those which are appealed, result in reversed findings. Brenner, Finch (ACBC) and Stansfield (PCBC) are in a near scrutiny free zone. Incredibly, Brenner weaseled out of the Queen of the North atrocity blame. That does not say much for the political education of us as a people.
 
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