Subject: RE:Justice Joanne Veit of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench(ACR-289532)
Thank you for your inquiry regarding the Katrina Effert case.
Alberta Justice has thirty days to appeal the sentencing decision handed down by the Honourable Justice J. Veit on September 14, 2011. Lawyers in the Appeals and Prosecution Policy Branch are reviewing the case. As such, it would be inappropriate for me, or any elected government official, to comment on the matter in detail. I can however provide the following information.
Alberta Justice has sought leave, or permission, from the Supreme Court of Canada to appeal the decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal to set aside the murder conviction and substitute a conviction for infanticide. The Supreme Court of Canada has never considered the infanticide offence/partial defence and its interpretation of the matter is crucial to the issue of protection of children. Alberta Justice believes it is critical that the legal issues raised in this case be considered by our highest Court.
Regarding your concerns about Justice Veit, it is important to note that the judiciary is independent of government and Alberta Justice cannot interfere with the decision making process. Canadian judges are held accountable every day. They decide cases in open court, which means any member of the public can attend a hearing or court case. Judges must also give reasons for their decisions and these reasons are often subject to close examination by the Crown, defence counsel, and the media. In all cases regardless of the final decision, a high standard of personal conduct is expected of Canadian judges, on or off the bench. When someone believes a judge’s conduct is of serious concern, they may file a written complaint to either:
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