Trial will go ahead June 29. The court has set aside six weeks to hear the case.
The City of Abbotsford’s attempt to keep the court from hearing hear how The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) police and city staff enforced bylaws against the city’s homeless, as well as the APD’s attempt to keep evidence from the court unless the homeless were required to pay them up to $29,000, have failed.
DJ Larkin, the Pivot Legal Society lawyer representing the Abbotsford Chapter of the BC/Yukon Drug War Survivors (DWS) and Abbotsford’s homeless men and women told CKNW this afternoon that, the BC Supreme Court will now be able to hear how the APD and city staff worked together to enforce bylaws against Abbotsford’s homeless men and women.
Cover photo: Roy Roberts, July 31, 2014. Gladys Avenue evacuation. Bas Stevens photo.
Updates to follow.
“The challenges in this case are going to be helping the court understand the barriers that our clients face in access to shelter and housing, and truly explaining to a court what it’s like to live outside and what it’s like to be told you can’t be here, you can’t be here, you can’t be here…what it’s like to be cold and wet.”
March 27, 13:49
Appeals Court To Rule Friday Afternoon
From Pivot Legal Society. Today the B.C. Court of Appeal will deliver decisions on appeals that will determine what is heard by the B.C. Supreme Court during a trial involving the City of Abbotsford and its homeless.
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Is it not time that the City of Abbotsford realize that they SHOULD NOT be paying for their lawyer’s pension?
Abbotsford might be one of the most giving communities in the country but not to pay for lawyers who are greedy and THINK that they stand above all else!
Good for DJ and her team!