Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Basi-Virk case update - next BC Supreme Court session June 2; Appeal Court session June 9-11

There has been considerable confusion about what is happening with the pre-trial hearings in the BC Legislature raid case, or Basi-Virk case, following a surprise hearing at BC Supreme Court in front of Justice Elizabeth Bennett on May 1 at 4 p.m. That hearing replaced a planned May 2 court appearance.

Reliable sources tell me that the May 1 date was a result of scheduling conflicts for the various legal counsel involved. Needless to say, the media and public received no notice of the change.

The next BC Supreme Court date for an update on disclosure and other issues will be held at 9 a.m. Monday June 2.

Then on June 9 the BC Court of Appeal will hear an appeal by Special Prosecutor Bill Berardino, who hopes to overturn a ruling by Justice Bennett allowing defence lawyers to hear testimony by a secret witness in the case. That appeal is set for three days in court and - bet dollars to donuts - may well be restricted to the media and public, or at least by the subject of a publication ban.

The BC Supreme Court will reconvene to hear more on disclosure and "vetting" of BC Rail documents and other evidence starting on June 16, I am told.

Needless to say, none of these dates or times is remotely guaranteed.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Bill. Any update on what happened at the last Law Society of Upper Canada hearing regarding MR. Erik Bornmann?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update Bill, The appeal court decision will be of great interest to the folks who can actuqlly remeber this thing from the beginning. The question of Eric Bornmann is of interest. I find it hard to believe the Law Society dealing with the fellow until after he shows in court here in BC.

Anonymous said...

You do mean Erik Bornman, right?

He changed his name because too many people were confusing him with the Erik Bornmann who is in the centre of all this Basi/Virk thing.