Friday, August 30, 2013


If you have a complaint to lodge about or against the Ministry of Children and Family Development, or the Child Protection branch, or a specific ministry official, or a court case or decision, then read this for some pointers. It’s Ray Ferris again, writing. He knows what he’s talking about.

“I will make one last point on today’s blog. If you complain about a court case to any ministry official you will always get the same stock reply. 1. They cannot discuss a case that is before the court. 2. They cannot interfere with the court process and influence a judge. Both these statements are nonsense and I will tell you why. It is true that they cannot tell a judge what to do, but they control what goes into the court and what they choose to tell a judge and what to conceal. They are notorious laggards when it comes to making the required disclosures under section 64. The guidelines stress that the hearings on young children must be completed in a timely manner. Both directors and judges seem to forget all about these guidelines when everything is delayed due to lack of disclosure. Yes the director is very successful at influencing the court; so don’t let them tell you otherwise. Likewise under section 48 a director can withdraw from the case at any time after a presentation hearing. All they have to do is to appear and withdraw and to file a written report giving the reasons. The reasons don’t have to make any sense, because only the paper and the signature matter. To the bureaucrat only process matters and content is nether matter. Even after 65 days of hearings, the judge has no choice but to allow the withdrawal.”


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