Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
28 THE LETH8RIDQE HERALD Monday, Oetobtr 29, 1973 Making a catch The weaker sex so tradition says, but in the case of Mrs. Audria Padgett, the strength speaks for itself. Despite what might be a handicap for a weaker person, Mrs. Padgett appears to live life to the hilt fishing from her wheel chair in Tampa Bay. Florida. Provincial court case mushroom 'unbearable' EDMONTON (CP) The volume of cases before the provincial court in Edmonton has mushroomed to "ab- solutely unbearable" levels, a provincial commission investigating the administra- tion of justice in the lower courts has been told. D. S. Huff, clerk of the court, told the three member commission that an average day's docket includes more than cases. This-includes remands, ad- journments, first appearances as well as preliminary hearings and trials in traffic, RCMP and criminal court. Mr. Huff said while the facilities and number of judges available to hear cases have remained constant during the last seven years, the caseload has increased to an expected 100.000 cases this year from about cases in 1966. This has led to a system whereby numerous cases are set down to be heard in each of the courtrooms with the cer- tain knowledge that only a few of them can proceed, he said. Some are eliminated by guilty pleas or lack of witnesses but many must be set over for another date, in- conveniencing witnesses, lawyers and the accused. The volume of cases being dealt with each day means a large amount of paperwork for the clerical staff. "We feel fortunate that we haven't lost more files than we have." said Mr. Huff, adding that the volume makes things almost impossible to control. SHORT OF STAFF A lack of staff is one of the major problems confronting the provincial court, Mr. Huff said. "We are short three people 64 per cent of the time." Mr. Huff said staff problems are largely due to the poor salaries offered. They do not attract competent staff, he said. Another problem is the lack of a training program for staff. "There is a definite need for a program." Mr. Huff said the court's ad- ministrative system would be helped greatly by installation of a computer. This would eliminate much of the duplication of paper work, the necessity of judges, prosecutors and lawyers removing files from the clerk's office, and facilitate efficient setting of court .dates. John Faulkner, vice presi- dent of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, said streamlining of required procedures in obtaining search and arrest warrants in Edmonton's lower courts is endangering rights of in- dividuals. Mr. Faulkner told the in- quiry that in the "hothouse" that is the provincial court building, judges become infected with the presumption of regularity and shortcuts are taken that contravene provisions of the criminal code. Requirements of the criminal code, such as the provision that all materials seized under a search warrant be brought to a provincial judge, are frequently ignored, Mr. Faulkner said. He said one provincial judge even went so far as to say that it had never been the practice of the court to require seized material to be brought before it after a search, despite the fact the warrant says on its face that the articles must be brought to the judge. Mr. Faulkner recommended that justices of the peace, who deal with the bulk of applications for search warrants, should not be court clerks or policemen or have other court functions. Mr. Huff rejected many of Faulkner's statements. You have to meet your future in-laws in the East sometime. Do it right now and you'll save 30% on your Air Canada fore. That's right take an 8-30 day trip to the East and you can save 30% on your return economy air if you go when our special "Explore Canada Fares" apply. 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