Press release was not decision and had no legal effect

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Press release was not decision and had no legal effect

So-called “decision” was made public in press release by Canadian Judicial Council. Press release announced members of inquiry committee established to review conduct of justice. Independent counsel was appointed. Mandate of inquiry committee was to review all issues and submit report to Canadian Judicial Council. Applicant sought judicial review. Respondent sought to strike out notice of application for judicial review asserting press release was not reviewable decision. Motion granted. Application for judicial review disclosed no reasonable cause of action, because it concerned press release, which was not decision and had no legal effect. No decision was made by inquiry committee.
Girouard c. Conseil Canadien de la Magistrature (Dec. 5, 2014, F.C., Luc Martineau J., File No. T-1557-14) 252 A.C.W.S. (3d) 384.

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