What should we do when the main legislative branch of government is routinely breaking the law?
In early February, the Victoria Times Colonist published a series of investigative articles by Louise Dickson, Lindsay Kines and Rob Shaw which upset and impressed me. But in the end, I wondered if even they really understood the significance of their discoveries.
The reporters went incognito to ten courthouses across Vancouver Island and the lower mainland. They asked to see basic information like court transcripts, records of charges and unsealed warrants—documents anyone should be able to easily obtain in any democratic society where courts are open and all are equal before the law.
What they found was Kafka-esque. Almost without exception, the clerks, supervisors and Justice of the Peace employees of the BC Ministry of Attorney General’s Court Services Branch frequently made arbitrary decisions controlling access, cited non-existent regulations, and engaged in blatant contraventions of the law. Continue reading