Death of Kangaroo Court?



September 21, 2010

Calgary Herald, September 12, 2010: Th Alberta Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett, who was instrumental in pushing for the change, recently told the Herald’s editorial board that the commission is being retooled from top to bottom so that there will be “no more kangaroo courts.” For too long, human rights tribunals have operated outside the normal rules of evidence that apply to regular court proceedings, leading to allegations that they are often unfair and lacking in due process, especially in controversial areas such as free speech.

The Alberta government will soon announce a new director for the Alberta Human Rights Commission, completing an overhaul of the quasi-judicial body that has been nearly two years in the making. It will be a long-awaited but welcome change spurred in part by a critical report early in 2009 that called for reforms.

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