FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – From the provincial justice file at the end of last week, two noteworthy developments.
First…the province has decided to roll out an online tribunal that will take over some legally binding aspects of B-C’s court system and Chair Shannon Salter of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, ays it’s the only online system in the world granting enforceable court orders.
The province says the CRT, to be rolled out for strata disputes this fall, with small claims due next spring, will result in annual savings of about two and a half million dollars.
Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says the aim is to clear out the small claims backlog by resolving more disputes outside the courts.
Meantime, the Justice Minister is less enthusiastic about an idea with roots in Toronto, namely a crackdown on pedestrian texting.
The initiative would have banned texting while walking in a crosswalk, but for the moment it has been shot down by the Ontario government.
At least one Vancouver City Councillor has come out in favor of the idea, and before you suggest it will never fly, consider the times we live in and another justice initiative now on the 21st century radar screen.
It comes from the U-S Attorney-General, who recently took on the role of Pontius Pilot, with regard to prosecuting presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, who dodged an indictment, following a FBI E-Mail investigation.
We’re now told in responding to a question from green activist Rhode Island, Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse at a Senate Judiciary hearing, Loretta Lynch, said her Department of Justice has discussed, and referred to the FBI for consideration, whether or not people could be prosecuted for the offense of “climate change denial.”