The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Reforming the courts #nlpoli

The numbers in Tuesday’s post showed all the time spent in the court in each seat,  totalled up for the month, averaged,  then divided by seven to give an estimate of full-days the courts in the province actually sit. Judges do other work besides sitting in their courts.  But you really have to wonder if ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: How many days does a Provincial Court sit? #nlpoli

If you listen to some people,  Provincial Courts in the province are seriously overloaded such that with the loss of a couple of court houses – not judges, but buildings – we could see cases running upwards of 49 months or more and therefore causing massive constitutional problems. Nothing could be further from the truth, ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A less than noble appointment #nlpoli

The provincial justice ministry had to increase spending to put a new judge in the Provincial Court in Clarenville even though the caseload in the court didn’t justify the decision, government documents reveal. Director of Public Prosecutions Donovan Molloy e-mailed then-deputy justice minister Paul Noble on September 6, 2014 about a news story in the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Rumpole and the Judge’s Wage #nlpoli

How hard can it be to figure out what Provincial Court Judges should get paid to do their work dispensing justice all around the province? Apparently, it can be quite difficult. There’s a teeny amendment bill in the House that sets a new date for a report from a commission that has to be set ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Judge Headroom #nlpoli

The Crown Prosecution Service lost an application last week to overturn a decision by a Provincial Court judge. That’s not the newsworthy thing.  The Crown wins applications and loses them all the time.  What’s important about this is the back-story. The Telegram covered the decision itself, although you can read the whole decision for yourself. ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: English v. Pike: Game on! #nlpoli

Supreme Court Trial Division, Court Room 7, Duckworth Street. 10:00 AM. Be there or be squarer than you’d normally be as a lawyer or person interested in lawyer stuff. William J. English vs Mark D. Pike et al. Doesn’t look like much on the docket but this could be one of the most-watched cases in ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Bench Mark #nlpoli

The names of two lawyers who might appear in an upcoming news release: James Walsh Lori Marshall -srbp-