Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Canadian Justice Review Board PRESS RELEASE: March 24, 2005

In a letter dated March 17, 2005, the office of Chief Justice McLachlin, has advised the Canadian Justice Review Board that a proper financial statement for the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) for the year 2003-04 will be forthcoming.

The CJC normally publishes its annual report and financial statement in August. This year, the report was delayed until late November and failed to disclose the usual financial information.

After reviewing the CJC annual report and noting that the overall expenditure had risen by 64%, the Canadian Justice Review Board sought the reasons for this error or omission.

The explanation offered by the newly appointed CJC executive director Norm Sabourin was both inadequate and cavalier asserted CJRB Chairman David Kahn in a letter to the CJC Chairman Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.

In response, McLachlin's office has agreed to take the appropriate action by supplying the missing financial statement and giving due consideration to re-instating it next year.

A copy of the above referenced letter can be view by clicking:

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