Thursday, July 14, 2016

"Bobbin Robin"

Good Day Readers:

Our recent article on "The Bobbin Robin" has occasioned a lot of comment. Here's a sampling.

From a Winnipeg lawyer:
Most often systems don't change until there is a broad based public outcry. Here is what happened to an unpopular judge in California who had handed a woefully inadequate sentence to a young male.

Jurors who had been called for jury duty with that same judge refused to serve.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/06/09/brock-turner-judge-aaron-persky-potential-jurors-stanford-sex-assault/

Until the general public has a problem with judicial selection/conduct we will not see much change.

From regular reader and contributor Chris Budgell in Vancouver, British Columbia:

Though it may be of little or no consequence the announcement answered one of my questions - about where the hearing would take place. Not in Ottawa. This suggests that Justice Camp was allowed to remain resident in Alberta.

Another interesting point mentioned here is that they are going to have three "experts" (one being a psychologist) testify about what they've learned about the justice. Perhaps every candidate for the Bench should in future be subjected to a full psychological/psychiatric 
assessment.

CyberSmokeBlog: Come to think of it that's not such a bad idea. Perhaps that would help reduce some of the .f.. ups we see on the Bench these days.

From an Anonymous lawyer:

At the level of compensation now being paid judges, they are attractive mostly to the Michel Chartiers of the world and other lawyers looking at either a drastically reduced workload or they have reached the end of the career path they are on. And who seriously wants to deal with the kangaroo courts that are set up every time a judge says something stupid?

In the current climate we will not see any improvement in the capabilities of those willing to accept an appointment to a judgeship.



The Honourable Richard J. F. Chartier Chief Justice of the Manitoba Court of Appeal

From a regular reader and contributor:

Should judges in Newfoundland/Labrador get a pay raise?

In Newfound Labrador they do not agree . . . so are going to court. . .

Newfoundland and Labrador's provincial court judges want a recent vote by the legislature imposing a retroactive four-year freeze on their salaries overturned.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/provincial-court-judges-court-application-salary-freeze-1.3668568
CyberSmokeBlog:
The Newfoundland-Labrador provincial government is already in debt up to the nuts and beyond and that's already after recently imposing an array of new taxes.

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