I have no words to discribe how discusted I am with where our Canadian "Justice" system is going. With this rate, we won't have any rules to follow in this country.
[B]Court overturns father's grounding of 12-year-old [/B]
OTTAWA (AFP) - A Canadian court has lifted a 12-year-old girl's grounding, overturning her father's punishment for disobeying his orders to stay off the Internet, his lawyer said Wednesday.
The girl had taken her father to Quebec Superior Court after he refused to allow her to go on a school trip for chatting on websites he tried to block, and then posting "inappropriate" pictures of herself online using a friend's computer.
The father's lawyer Kim Beaudoin said the disciplinary measures were for the girl's "own protection" and is appealing the ruling.
"She's a child," Beaudoin told AFP. "At her age, children test their limits and it's up to their parents to set boundaries."
"I started an appeal of the decision today to reestablish parental authority, and to ensure that this case doesn't set a precedent," she said. Otherwise, said Beaudoin, "parents are going to be walking on egg shells from now on."
"I think most children respect their parents and would never go so far as to take them to court, but it's clear that some would and we have to ask ourselves how far this will go."
According to court documents, the girl's Internet transgression was just the latest in a string of broken house rules. Even so, [B]Justice Suzanne Tessier found her punishment too severe.[/B]
Beaudoin noted the girl used a court-appointed lawyer in her parents' 10-year custody dispute to launch her landmark case against dear old dad.
Here's some information about this brilliant law official:
OTTAWA, June 5, 2007 - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment:
The Honourable Suzanne Tessier, Coordinator and Professor of the Police Foundation Program at La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa, is appointed a Puisne Judge of the Superior Court for the Districts of Hull, Labelle and Pontiac, in the Province of Quebec. She replaces Madam Justice J. Trudel ( Hull), who was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal.
Madam Justice Tessier received a Bachelor of Civil Law (LL.L.) in 1982 and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Political Science) in 1977, both from the University of Ottawa and was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1984. She practised with Bélanger, Pommainville et Tessier and then as counsel for Outaouais Community Legal Aid before joining La Cité Collégiale where she taught law and was Coordinator of the Police Foundation Program. Her area of expertise is family law, criminal law, young offenders law and child protection matters. Madam Justice Tessier was active in the Bar of Hull as Bâtonnière de Hull and as a Professor at the Quebec Bar Admission course. She has been President and Member of the Board of Directors for the Aid Centre 24/7 (Hull) as well as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Basse Ville Community Centre (Ottawa) and of the Committee for the Consultation of Mental Health in Outaouais.