Tuesday, March 20, 2012

On the clock!

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post, "The 'oy veh' judge!"

If the story was a solitary example of the activities of that court, it would be quite simple to dismiss it as a judge engaged in a display of peculiar judicial pique.

Unfortunately, it appears that as is often the case, there is much more to the story that has not been told albeit not necessarily concealed.

A quick look through Canlii would seem to show there is and has been an ongoing problem of several years duration. While it may be difficult to attribute responsibility, it's very obvious that the Judge is but one of the responsible parties to a dysfunctional court system and although acting in a somewhat ham fisted, stubborn manner, it may be because he is being deliberately stymied at bringing about some reasonable change to how the court's business is conducted.

A quick read through these cases might prove more illuminating than the story in The Post:

Dear Anonymous:

Thank you for contacting CyberSmokeBlog.

You're right there is more to this situation than stated in The National Post article, however, we do not believe it is to be found in the case precedent law as referenced in the Canlii link. Rather, it seems while the good Judge is a stickler for punctuality for those attending his courtroom he does not play by the same rules. As you'll read in the piece referenced below, staff from The Toronto Star put him on the clock as they say in golf  - the results were interesting. In this instance what's good for the goose was not good for the gander.

Judge makes rules on punctuality - then breaks them. The Toronto Star, August 11, 2011.

Judge Howard Chisvin, seen leaving Newmarket Court, tossed out a bunch of cases when a Crown was 90 seconds late back to court. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star)


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