Friday, June 06, 2014

When "in the best public interest" is meaningless!

Good Day Readers:

As you can see the following two very simple questions were e-mailed almost a month ago and still no reply. My God, don't they have support staff to handle these kinds of questions?

From: Clare Pieuk (
Subject: Televised Inquiries and Judicial Memoirs

May 9, 2014

Mr. William A. Brooks
Office of the Commissioner for Judicial Affairs Canada

Mr. Norman Sabourin
Executive Director/Senior General Counsel
Canadian Judicial Council


CyberSmokeBlog has been referred to you by court administrators regarding the following questions:

(1) What is the Canadian Judicial Council's policy for use of television cameras during its inquiries?

(2) If a federally appointed Justice/Judge permanently retires from the bench then decides to write their memoirs, what constraints will they face in the material they are able to publish?

Clare L. Pieuk


No doubt both gentlemen will tell you, until they're blue in the face or the cows come home whichever comes first, their organizations always act in the best public interest. We'd show you their pictures but Mr. Brooks' is not available on the internet while Mr. Sabourin's is of very poor quality. It's almost as though they're in the Witness Protection Program.

But CSB it seems is not the only one having "communication issues" with the CJC. Here's an excerpt from an e-mail "Mr. Self-Rep" and frequent CyberSmokeBlog contributor (Chris Budgell, Vancouver) wrote on June 1 of this year to the Senate Speaker and 7-Senators complaining about the inadequacies of The Council's public complaints procedures against federally appointed Justices/Judges.
"I am appending my e-mail of April 30 to the Canadian Judicial Council, the Council's acknowledgement, and a follow up question that has never been answered."

The Chief Justice of Canada chairs the CJC and presumably has considerable sway over the Office of the Commissioner for Judicial Affairs Canada. Does this mean CyberSmokeBlog will have to write to her for an answer to its two measly, little questions?

How say you if at all

Clare L. Pieuk


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