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For Immediate Release
November 1, 2006

Klees: Family Court Backlog Devastating Families

(Queen’s Park) Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees today called on the Attorney General to investigate the administration of the Newmarket Courthouse following revelations of month-long delays at the Family Law Court.

Klees raised the issue of what he referred to as "unconscionable delays in hearing cases that results in personal trauma and thousands of dollars in unnecessary costs to the innocent victims of gross mismanagement" at the courthouse.

The appeal to the Attorney General, made during Question Period in the legislature came after Klees received a call from a constituent who had unsuccessfully tried three times in the past several weeks to have her case heard by a family court judge.

After incurring $5,000.00 in fees for legal representation last Wednesday when there was only one judge available to hear 35 cases, the constituent was told to return today. But when she arrived at the courthouse today, she discovered that there was, once again, only one family court judge available to hear more than fifty cases and that she is facing further court delays and legal costs.

Klees asked the attorney general to step in to ensure that his constituent’s case receive a timely hearing and to investigate courthouse administration leading to ensure that court backlogs are reduced significantly and family law cases are brought forward expeditiously.

The Attorney General agreed to look into the issue and Klees emphasized that this is not just about this one case but that hundreds of Ontario families are affected by court backlogs and delays.

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