Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Min. Attorney General Informed of Alleged Obstruction of Justice by Court Clerks

A citizen in Ontario has complained about court clerks preventing him from obtaining access to his own court files, from filing any motions despite their being no orders in place restricting such, and allegations that a court clerk happens to be married to a CAS staff member as a possible motive.

The following letter has been sent by the Foster Care Council of Canada to the Ministry's local Court Services staff seeking to have the issue dealt with and addressed.

From: John Dunn (johndunn@afterfostercare.ca)

Sent: October 27, 2010 12:13:27 PM

To: lois.king@ontario.ca; lynn.kiddle@ontario.ca; C Bently (cbentley.mpp@liberal.ola.org)

Cc: Andre Marin (amarin@ombudsman.on.ca); MPPTedChudleighPC MPPTedChudleighPC (ted.chudleigh@pc.ola.org)

TO:

Lois King
Manager
Court Operations
Ontario Court of Justice, Criminal, Family
lois.king@ontario.ca

Lynn Kiddle
Supervisor
Court Operations
Ontario Court of Justice, Criminal, Family
lynn.kiddle@ontario.ca

Chris Bentley - Attorney General of Ontario

CC:

Andre Marin - Ontario Ombudsman
Ted Chudleigh - MPP - Ontario Opposition Critic - Ministry of the Attorney General


It has been brought to the attention of the Foster Care Council of Canada that certain clerks at the service counter of the Court House on 9th Avenue in Own Sound have been engaging in the criminal practice of obstructing justice in that they have been doing the following:

preventing certain citizens from obtaining access to their own court files and related documents, from properly submitting any documents to their own file despite the fact that there are no judicial orders or instructions limiting such actions (no orders for leave to file motions etc).

preventing certain citizens from obtaining standard forms such as "criminal information forms" which have been requested.

preventing certain citizens from submitting material to the court on separate matters than their existing child protection matters

There is also an allegation that a certain clerk at the 9th Avenue location is married to a CAS worker and that this may have something to do with the interference in these matters.

The Foster Care Council of Canada would ask that both Lois King and Lynn Kiddle meet with our informant to discuss this important matter and hopefully resolve it in a timely fashion in order to ensure that citizens access to justice is not being fettered by your staff.

We have CC'd the Ombudsman of Ontario on this communication in order to ensure that their office is informed of the matter and that they will be better prepared to deal with it if a complaint is launched with them.

Please contact me, John Dunn, as soon as possible at 613-220-1039 to discuss this important matter and to make arrangements for our informant to meet with you.


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



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