I found this to be a really shocking story. Okay, the original case did not involve murder and mayhem, but the fact remains that, no matter how trivial the case, we would all expect a judge to act in a fair and professional manner. It seems, in this case, that did not happen. And afterwards, those who became involved only made things worse.
As a layman,I thought that it gave a fascinating insight into the workings of our legal system. But it seems to expose failings that are, at best, disappointing, and at worst, criminal.
Anyone involved in the legal profession will probably find it pretty unsettling.
I recommend you read it for yourself.
by Colin Rush
As a retired solicitor, who had a successful career as a police officer before retraining as a solicitor, Paul Osler is perfectly placed to write on the subject of upholding the law.
He writes, so eloquently, about what should have been a relatively straightforward matter, where he was helping a friend with a case of a relatively small value brought against the friend in a small claims court.
The problems started with the listing of the case and progressed disproportionately to what appears to be the blatant misconduct of three judges (a district judge, county court judge and even a high court judge). Further, as set out in the synopsis, there is no accountability, justice or even a perception or justice available to those who have been wronged by those in whom we put faith to administer the law.
This is a thoroughly interesting read and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the law, justice and separation of powers.
by Michelle B