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Evidence from Teens
July 22, 2012 permalink
Vern Beck reports that some teens have been unable to get their side of the case into the court record, sometimes because of blocking by their own lawyer. He is asking for reports from anyone, adult or teenager, who has personal experience with this problem.
Vernon Beck Over the past months, Canada Court Watch has received a number of requests from teens asking for information about how to submit their own affidavit to the court. Many of these teens complain that their court appointed children's lawyers are refusing to submit important information to the court which can significantly help judges so these teens say that they want to do their own affidavits. One teen even passed us a audio recording of his children's lawyer telling her that the lawyer is the boss over her and telling the teen that it is up to the lawyer to decide for her what will be submitted to the court, not the teen. Technically, this is an obstruction of justice by the lawyer.
A volunteer citizens group is working on such a self help guide for teens. If you have had experience with a teen submitting an affidavit and would like to share your experience or knowledge, then please contact CCW by email. The committee is looking for examples of the barriers that some teens or parents may have faced in court or by court administration staff, case law, former court order, transcripts, etc. which relate to this issue. All input is greatly appreciated.
Source: Facebook, Canada Court Watch