Manitoba’s Attorney General, Cameron Friesen has requested the Law Society of Manitoba investigate the conduct of lawyers associated with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.
In a written statement Friesen said “It is gravely concerning that a private investigator was hired to conduct surveillance of a member of the judiciary, ostensibly to embarrass or intimidate the judge. This is an obvious invasion of privacy and it is difficult to believe that these actions were not intended to influence the outcome of the court case.”
Earlier this week the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms president John Carpay admitted that he had hired a private investigator to follow Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal. Joyal is presiding over a case that the centre is a party to regarding Manitoba’s pandemic restrictions.
“The lawyers involved must be held accountable for their actions, in order to maintain public confidence in the administration of justice, to protect the integrity of our independent judiciary and uphold the rule of law in Canada,” said Friesen.
On Monday, Joyal told lawyers involved in the case that he had been followed in what he believed was an attempt to to catch him violating Manitoba’s COVID-19 restrictions.
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