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Routine investigation or part of a broader trend?

By johnboy 3 November 2009 25

The ABC has the shock news that the ACT’s outgoing Chief Magistrate Ron Cahill (Due to resign in month’s time) is to be investigated by the police:

Mr Corbell says the investigation is about the administration of justice but he will not provide any details about the case.

He says he was informed of the matter on October 23 and referred it to the Director of Public Prosecutions who in turn passed it onto police.

It has been reported that the investigation centres on a hearing that was aborted last week after a visiting Victorian magistrate revealed he had been given documents briefing him on the case.

The cynical might wonder if this will stop the plain taking Chief Magistrate dropping a bucket on the executive arm of government during his swan song. We can only hope the motivations are more noble.

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cranky 8:36 pm 11 Nov 09

That should be Karen Fryar. The other complainant was John Burns. My bad.

Given the recent publicity regarding the rights of legal professionals to remain un-named whilst action for unsavouriness is taken by their comrades in the game, can we speculate that one has crossed the line and now has the mates and enemies facing off?

Interesting times!

sunshine 7:30 pm 11 Nov 09

Karen Fry was apparently one of the two judicial complainants. I have no idea of the rights and wrongs of this case (and it stikes me some effort is being taken to keep the details under wraps), but I would be astonished if Ron Cahill has taken leave of his senses and crossed some legalistic line in the sand.

yes i agree – must be something they aren’t telling the public in regards to who the person the case is about etc…can’t help but wonder who, what , where, when , how and why?

cranky 7:01 pm 10 Nov 09

‘The judicial commission will include three retired Supreme Court justices from other jurisdictions.’

Wow, that was organised bloody quickly.

Does someone want to list the bucketfull of dodgy decisions this pack of clowns has made, and how the ratepayers would love to institute their own instant 3 independent judge review panel?

Karen Fry was apparently one of the two judicial complainants. I have no idea of the rights and wrongs of this case (and it stikes me some effort is being taken to keep the details under wraps), but I would be astonished if Ron Cahill has taken leave of his senses and crossed some legalistic line in the sand.

Corbell, mate, your acquiescence to this enquiry is revealing. As said previously, I know who I would prefer to back, and sorry Simon, you run second.

Skidbladnir 5:29 pm 10 Nov 09

I was about to post the same news as Sunshine.
Instead, here is the Attorney General’s entire statement on the matter.

Selected important bit:
As a result of the decision to establish the Inquiry and pursuant to Section 19 (1) of the Act, the Chief Magistrate is excused from performing his functions as Chief Magistrate.
The next most senior Magistrate, Magistrate Dingwall, will act in the interim.

sunshine 4:48 pm 10 Nov 09

well it looks like Magistrate Cahill has retired a little earlier than expected after being forced to stand down today
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/10/2738704.htm?site=canberra

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