|Information and helpful advice when dealing with the family legal system|
The information posted here has been gathered from various sources to help those having to face the legal system and to deal with some of the pitfalls found there. Often justice is not served because many people entering the system for the first time are unaware of what is going to happen to them and what their rights are. Seldom are these rights told to them by those in the legal profession.
We urge all readers to join a group in your community
that deals in helping people affected by the legal system and to research information on
the internet in order to educate yourself as much as possible before going to court.
DON'T APPEAR BEFORE A
JUDGE WITHOUT A COURT REPORTER!
If you experience difficulty about having a court reporter at your hearing and if the judge or the lawyers give you a hard time, then refuse to participate unless it is put in writing that the court was refusing to allow you to have a court reporter. Then politely tell the judge that you feel that justice is not being served and that by you challenging the authority of the judge in the court that you feel that your case will not get a fair hearing. Then tell the judge that you want another judge hear the case, one that will permit a court reporter into the court.
Contact the Canada Court Watch Program and provide us with the particulars of the occurrence. Judicial complaints should be made against any judge who will not agree to a court reporter present, especially if you have offered to pay the expense of hiring your own.
Note: The above advice was given by a well-known Certified Criminal Specialist lawyer who appeared as the guest speaker at a public meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The lawyer stated that "The judges and lawyers may not like it, but insist upon it." He stated that there is not a reputable court in this land that would refuse this reasonable request.
INFORMATION ABOUT TAPE
RECORDING IN THE COURT
Participants should always ask the court for permission to tape record their hearing but if it is refused by the judges then DEMAND YOUR RIGHTS! If you have problems, file a judicial complaint and get the judge removed from your case.
If you still have difficulty, contact us and provide details of the incident and the names of all those involved.
FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR LAWYER BEFORE
YOU HIRE THEM
If the other party reports that that the lawyer you may be considering has used unethical practices and legal tricks to unfairly disadvantage a family member, chances are that the lawyer you may be considering won't hesitate to turn on you should you run into any kind of difficulty. In the words of one well-known Toronto lawyer, "the only two people that can hurt you the most is their lawyer and your own lawyer." Deal with lawyers who are not just competent in the law, but also who are ethical and play the game fairly. Otherwise you may be your own lawyer's next victim.
The Canada Court Watch Program will be working with citizen groups in different areas to develop databases containing the names of "community certified" lawyers. If you have a complaint against a lawyer then refer to the complaints procedures listed with the Family Justice Review Committee outlined on this website.