Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What Murray missed in court today!

Tansi/Good Day Readers:

A hearing was held at 10:00 this morning in Courtroom 115 before Madam Justice Simonsen (Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench) to consider a request by the Defence for an adjournment in the Metis National Council Secretariat versus Yvon Dumont trial scheduled to begin Monday April 24, 2006.

The proceedings lasted approximately 5 minutes:

(1) Mr. Murray N. Trachtenberg, Counsel for the Plaintiffs, was absent because of an all day trial in Selkirk, Manitoba. Mr. Jeffrey J.Niederhoffer (www.campbellmarr.com) appeared on behalf of the Defendant

(2) Justice Simonsen ruled today's Uncontested Motion would be moved to the Contested List. Mr. Trachtenberg previously indicated he was available for a Court appearance Thursday afternoon or Friday of this week. Given the very short timeline, Counselor Trachtenberg waived the requirement a Motion Brief and Affidavit of Service be filed with the Court in time for the Hearing

(3) Her Honour inquired as to whether there were any Justices with possible conflicts to either Party in the case. She also recommended both the Plaintiffs and the Defence file a Motion Brief arguing their positons noting it was understandable if neither Party were able given the time constraints

(4) A follow up Hearing was scheduled for Friday April 21, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at which time Mr. Anders Bruun (www.campbellmarr.com) will represent Defendant Dumont

I will be there to report on the proceedings.

Sincerely,
Clare L. Pieuk

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