Friday, September 21, 2007

The Public's Right To Know


Almost single-handedly, a man named Robin Mathews has forced the legal system to acknowledge that we, the people of British Columbia, have a right to know why the Trial of the Century has still not started almost four years after the infamous RCMP raids on our Legislature.

And now, according to a letter that was apparently sent by the court to Mr. Mathews that is reprinted by GWest over at Mary's place, it looks like we are going to find out what happened at the latest in a seemingly endless string of 'pre-trial hearings'.

With respect to your request for access to the court record, Madam Justice Bennett advises that you may attend at Court Registry in Vancouver to listen to the audio recording of the pre-trial conference which took place on August 21, 2007. As it was a pre-trial conference, no documents were filed. If you wish, you may also obtain a transcript of the August 21 pre-trial conference; however, you will be responsible for any fees charged in relation to the preparation of a transcript. Finally, if clerk's notes from the August 21, 2007 pre-trial conference were prepared, you may look at them.

Which is an important breakthrough, indeed.

More importantly, it is time for us to step up and collectively pay for 'any fees charged in relation to the preparation of a transcript' even if they are nominal.

Why is this important?

Because the time has for us all to impress upon the court that it is the 'people', not just one 'person' , that wants, and indeed must, have this information if they are to remain an informed citizenry.



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