“It is a good system, it keeps our roads safe, it stops people from drinking and driving.”
BC’s Attorney General and Justice Minister is defending the appeal process for accused drunk drivers after allegations it is a clogged mess taking at times years to reach a decision.
Suzanne Anton defended the province’s tough drinking driving laws as being sound.
“There is always different ways to question it, and if we need to look at the legislation, we will always look at the legislation again, but it is a fundamentally sound system; it is a good system.”
The province is appealing a B.C. Supreme Court ruling legal advice from her ministry goes beyond what is acceptable.
“The tribunal may take legal advice. The tribunal member must always remain independent, and be able to make an independent decision and that is the process in British Columbia.”
On the accusation the appeal process is taking in some cases years to reach a decision allowing accused drunks back behind the wheel in the interim Anton said..
“The goal is to have them heard relatively quickly there have been a couple of delays because of some of the court decisions have caused us to pause on some of the files but the goal is that it be done quickly. So I think you have to test where your allegations were coming from. What I can say is we are very confident in the system.”
Those accusation from Acumen Law, lawyers Paul Doroshenko, and Kyla Lee.
So is she accusing them of monkey business?
“Not at all. They are doing their job. They are lawyers and they are repesenting their clients. They are of course they are the ones making some of these comments. What I can say from governmment’s perspective from my perspective as Justice minister and I know the Public Safety minister would say the same thing it is a good system it keeps our roads safe it stops people from drinking and driving.”
The province has appealed a BC Supreme Court decision where a judge ruled legal advice from the province crossed the line.
Lawyers with Acumen Law are accusing the province of rigging the appeal process.