Monday, March 29, 2010

Guy Earle's Lawyer Boycotts Hearing

First news of the morning: It turns out the tribunal hasn't ruled on jurisdiction yet, but intends to hold the hearing now and rule on jurisdiction later.

James Millar to hearing chair Murray Geiger-Adams:

"This procedure is against the rule of law...I can't be part of an illegal proceeding...How can you proceed when jurisdiction is not settled?...I have to leave the proceedings...I do so very regretfully...It's too bad you wouldn't listen."

He then walked out and addressed a media scrum waiting in the hallway. Video soon.


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  2. Oh. My. Dear. Lord.

    You have got to be kidding.

    What the hell is going to happen if they rule against Earle and then decide that the tribunal doesn't have jurisdiction over the matter?

  3. A lawyer notes - "Sadly, it is "legal" in the sense that where the question of jurisdiction is raised the tribunal can either rule prior to the hearing or after the hearing. It is a weird little quirk in administrative law."

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  4. They will make Guy move to the jurisdiction they found him guilty in Patrick;)

  5. Apparently, the Tribunal is eager to do the hearing now because Lorna Pardy's lawyer is very pregnant and will be going on maternity leave in a scant few days. At the hearing's start she informed the Tribunal that she would be taping the hearing in case someone had to take over for her on the last day of trial. Stay tuned.