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Following is an email sent to the Canadian Bar Association and following is a reply from Dr. David Kuntz who is an authority on corruption of courts.
Hello CBA and Ms. Nevin,
I am a citizen who is very concern about access to justice however I find that the argument by the CBAA and by the late Dugald Chritie does not stand the test.
I say this by virtue of the fact that access to justice does not depend solely on the 7% tax imposed on people but rather on the very fact that court proceedings are in itself very expensive.
Thus if the bar is serious about “access to justice” it must argue about its own billing that is handed over to their clients and the costs of trying to obtain justice.
In effect access to the court does not exist for those who do not have the funds to play with the big boys.
A 7% tax on a bill of costs handed over by a lawyer in the amount of $10,000.00 for example, is not really an issue in as much as the $10,000.00 that the lawyer claims he worked for is what concerns regular citizens, especially when there is no result coming from the lawyer.
I suggest that in the event the bar is serious about access to justice, than the bar association ought to not concern itself with a tax that is claimed by the SCC to be constitutional but rather concern itself with the entire justice system that leaves the poor out of the playing field.
Do you really believe that the working class and the poor people would have more access to justice if the 7% tax would be removed?
Do you really believe that the working class and the poor people would be more incline to hire lawyers if the 7% tax would be removed?
The fact that the Superior Courts in British Columbia agreed with the argument of the late Dugald Christie was in itself unbelievable given that other businesses would also make the same argument regarding the unconstitutionality of the sale tax.
In effect, truth be told any taxes imposed on people is unconstitutional however the court would not admit to it since our judges are directly paid from the tax pool.
I would like to see the CBA stop wasting court time, as it did the last time before Chief Justice Donald Brenner and really get down to the truth by making a conscious decision that your industry will stop cheating people by charging too much money for your time.
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--- Dugald Christie was a wonderful man in many aspect but also torn between his allegiance to the bar and to regular people.
The CBA must eventually decide on which side it stands and whether it is prepared to turn itself around.
The new generation of lawyers need to be educated about the court and it needs to get back to its roots otherwise, more lawyers coming out of law school will soon find out that they cannot make a living being a lawyer.
Keep in mind that access to justice does not depend on a 7% sale tax.
Sincerity from the bar may win you over clients however the question is whether the bar has the capacity to be sincere.