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Letter to the Editor - Prince George Citizen
Sunday April 9, 2000
I have followed with interest some of the response from the Law Society
of BC and in particular the letter form D. Mayland McKimm of the BC Bar
Association listing “facts” regarding the Darrin White tragedy.
The poet Czeslaw Milosz has observed that those “who are alive receive
a mandate from those who are silent forever” so as an advocate for the PCAC
and one who had spoken to Mr. White prior to his tragedy I will try to put some
perspective on the subsequent events.
The PCAC, like the Law Society of BC and Canadian Bar Association, is a
non profit organization. We provide
peer mentoring on a self-help basis and in the longer run are working towards
law reform. The failure in Mr.
White’s case was that he had no where else to turn.
The Law Society and other agencies in this province clearly failed Mr.
White. We do not receive a cent of
government funding. Most family
lawyers in BC will not take on the father’s case without a sizeable cash
deposit, as they know they have little change of success.
We have invited a member of the Law Society to attend our meeting and
offered to attend theirs without reply. What
Mr. White did not know was that there are two standards used in family court and
it was only a matter of time before the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program
would start seizing his remaining property.
It is grotesque to suggest Mr. White who was court ordered out of his
home and lost access to records and financial assets and was traumatized from
unnatural separation from his children that filling out the proper forms would
have solved his problems. The lawyers opposing Mr. White, as mandated officers of the
court had a legal obligation to bring any relevant facts to the courts attention
– this was not done.
I had an astonishing response when I contacted the Law Society, the
Office of the Supreme Justice and the BC Civil Liberties Union; all implied that
it was not their problem and Mr. White’s case was an unfortunate instance.
The system blame attributed to Mr. White is of course nothing new in
history: the alternative, if true, would require a significant review of how we
deal with family breakdown in this province and admission of error on the part
of the institutions that claim they operate “in the public interest”.
Of course, Mr. White isn’t here to tell his side of the story which
makes it much easier to personally blame him.
The Law Society of BC has a legal monopoly to operate; they are not
subject to independent review nor do they compete on price or advertising; the
average lawyer in BC makes about twice Mr. White’s income when he was working.
Not one lawyer has offered to come to donate his/her time to our
organization. In the Canadian Bar Association letter there is a call for
review for legal aid funding; I certainly agree with them in that the family law
industry does need transparent and comprehensive review.
Peter Ostrowski, Advocate,
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