Even though the primary hearing of the application by the Ministry for a continuing custody order applicable to all three children has not been concluded, Judge Crabtree allowed the Bayne's lawyer Mr. Doug Christie to present their application for interim custody of the two boys several weeks ago. The Baynes took this action on the basis of no evidence, previous or new to indicate risk to the boys in the home of their parents. Today was Mr. Jensen's opportunity to respond to the application. It was an adroit tack but perhaps inadvisable. Judge Crabtree would not have entertained this application from the Baynes if he did not believe he is legally entitled to hear the application and to rule upon it. Yet on this day, His Honour was being given a primer on what he could or could not do with regard to ruling on this matter. Friends, Thomas Crabtree was recently elevated to Chief Justice of British Columbia and I doubt that he requires a legal tune-up.
Judge Crabtree told the attending counsels and the Baynes that he was not giving a ruling on this day, but rather he would take a week and next Friday at 1:30 PM in court, he will give his ruling. That should be regarded as a good indicator of the Judge's processing of the evidence and arguments of the Ministry. Had he bought Mr. Jensen's responses the Judge could have, would have shut down this application immediately. We can be confident that this man of integrity will during this week revisit everything that is relevant to this application within the course of an active hearing for continuing care so that he can give these children back to the Baynes because it is evident to all unbiased observers of the facts that this is the sole just outcome.
There were numerous friends and supporters on hand for the Baynes as they continue to live through hardships and heartache few of us understand but we do sympathize.
I have pasted Mr. Bruce McNeill's response to me at the end of my Open Letter to him on April 22, 2010.