Why do some courts violate the rights of Ontario Citizens?
In recent years, however, citizens have indicated that their rights to record their own court hearing are
being obstructed by many judges and lawyers.
Misleading signs are being posted at many courthouses
which attempt to fool the people into believing that they
have no rights.
Some citizens tell of being threatened
with arrest for attempting to exercise their lawful
rights. A number of judges and lawyers are afraid to
allow citizens having a separate record of what may
have been said in court as this makes it more difficult
to alter transcripts and hide the truth.
Those who tell the truth and conduct themselves
in an honourable manner should have no fear of audio
recordings made in the court. Only those judges and
lawyers who are afraid and want to hide the truth will
object to audio recording in the court.
If anything, audio recording helps promote the
administration of justice in a number of ways. It
allows citizens maintain their own accurate record of
events in court and allows them to review the day’s
events without having to wait weeks and sometimes
months for transcripts.
Audio recording will also serve as a deterrent to
those who may think of lying to the court, including
lawyers who often introduce evidence which is not on
the official court records.
Most citizens who go to court agree that they
would feel safer and be more trustful of the justice
system if they were allowed to independently record
their own court hearing.
What do I do if my rights are being
If you are refused your rights under law to enter a
court building, should a judge refuse to acknowledge
your rights under the Courts of Justice Act (136.1) in his/her
court or should any lawyer argue against your rights in
the courtroom, then it is important for you to take
appropriate steps to protect your rights and freedoms
by filing complaints against those responsible for
violating your rights as well as the principles of
fundamental justice. If you don’t exercise your
rights you will lose them!
If you are refused access to your court by court
security officers then ask for their badge numbers and
make a note of the date and time of the incident.
judge refuses to recognize your rights then request that
the judge issue an order to this effect.
It is a good idea
to have another person with you to witness any
violation of your rights.
More detailed information about how to exercise
your rights to record your hearing can be obtained on
the website http://www.canadacourtwatch.com