Saturday, September 11, 2010

Min Attorney General & Misleading Court House Signage

The Foster Care Council of Canada's John Dunn is currently asking the Ministry of the Attorney General's Office to clarify who is responsible for misleading signs in public court houses regarding electronic recording devices.

See the letter below:


From: John Dunn (johndunn@afterfostercare.ca)
Sent: April 26, 2010 4:14:44 PM
To: jackie.mahon@ontario.ca
Cc: Andre Marin (amarin@ombudsman.on.ca); Horwath - QP, Andrea (ahorwath-qp@ndp.on.ca); Peter KormosMPP (pkormos-qp@ndp.on.ca); MPPSylviaJonesPCChildWelfareCritic MPPSylviaJonesPCChildWelfareCritic (sylvia.jonesqp@pc.ola.org); MinCYS MinCYS (lbroten.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org); MPPBobChiarelliOttawaWestNepean MPPBobChiarelliOttawaWestNepean (bchiarelli.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org)

Jackie Mahon
Communications / Issues Co-Ordinator / Media Relations
Ministry of the Attoney General


I am in the process of drafting a press release regarding section 136 of the Courts of Justice Act and the Howland Directive from former Chief Justice of Ontario regarding the use of recording devices in the courts in Ontario for the purpose of supplementing the notes of lawyers, parties acting in person and journalists.

Can you please let me know who is responsible for ensuring the courts in Ontario do not have misleading information to the public such as the misleading signs telling all citizens and court security that no person shall have recording devices in the body of the court during their trial.

People are being stopped at the security stations of court houses and told they can not bring the devices into the court despite section 136 of the Courts of Justice Act which says otherwise, as supported by Chief Justice Howland's "Howland Directive".

Again, to be clear, I would like to ask who is responsible at the Ministry of the Attorney Genral for ensuring that signs at the various court houses across the province are not misleading or contrary to the existing law.


Sincerely
John Dunn
Executive Director
The Foster Care Council of Canada
613-220-1039
http://www.afterfostercare.ca

RACAS - Ride for Accountability of Children's Aid Societies
http://www.racas.wetpaint.com

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SECOND ATTEMPT
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I sent a follow up letter as I have not yet received a response

RE: Court Administration‏
From: John Dunn (johndunn@afterfostercare.ca)
Sent: May 15, 2010 5:28:50 AM
To: jackie.mahon@ontario.ca
Cc: Andre Marin (amarin@ombudsman.on.ca); Horwath - QP, Andrea (ahorwath-qp@ndp.on.ca); Peter KormosMPP (pkormos-qp@ndp.on.ca); MPPSylviaJonesPCChildWelfareCritic MPPSylviaJonesPCChildWelfareCritic (sylvia.jonesqp@pc.ola.org); MinCYS MinCYS (lbroten.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org); MPPBobChiarelliOttawaWestNepean MPPBobChiarelliOttawaWestNepean (bchiarelli.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org)

Jackie Mahon
Communications / Issues Co-Ordinator / Media Relations
Ministry of the Attoney General

I have still not received a response from the enclosed request dated Monday the 26th of April.

See below for original request


Sincerely
John Dunn
Executive Director
The Foster Care Council of Canada
613-220-1039
http://www.afterfostercare.ca

RACAS - Ride for Accountability of Children's Aid Societies
http://www.racas.wetpaint.com


From: johndunn@afterfostercare.ca
To: jackie.mahon@ontario.ca
CC: amarin@ombudsman.on.ca; ahorwath-qp@ndp.on.ca; pkormos-qp@ndp.on.ca; sylvia.jonesqp@pc.ola.org; lbroten.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org; bchiarelli.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Subject: Court Administration
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 16:14:43 -0400

Jackie Mahon
Communications / Issues Co-Ordinator / Media Relations
Ministry of the Attoney General


I am in the process of drafting a press release regarding section 136 of the Courts of Justice Act and the Howland Directive from former Chief Justice of Ontario regarding the use of recording devices in the courts in Ontario for the purpose of supplementing the notes of lawyers, parties acting in person and journalists.

Can you please let me know who is responsible for ensuring the courts in Ontario do not have misleading information to the public such as the misleading signs telling all citizens and court security that no person shall have recording devices in the body of the court during their trial.

People are being stopped at the security stations of court houses and told they can not bring the devices into the court despite section 136 of the Courts of Justice Act which says otherwise, as supported by Chief Justice Howland's "Howland Directive".

Again, to be clear, I would like to ask who is responsible at the Ministry of the Attorney Genral for ensuring that signs at the various court houses across the province are not misleading or contrary to the existing law.


Sincerely
John Dunn
Executive Director
The Foster Care Council of Canada
613-220-1039
http://www.afterfostercare.ca

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