Kentville provincial court is on, Supreme Court matter postponed due to weather

Kirk Starratt
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Lawyer Peter Muttart and his client, Kings County councillor Pauline Raven, prepare to enter Supreme Court in Kentville on Dec. 19.

The weather outside is frightful but provincial court is still on. There is a blizzard warning in effect for Kings County but staff at the Kentville Justice Centre said they haven’t heard that they’ll be closing early today, Jan. 3. There are matters docketed for provincial court.

However, proceedings relating to an application for a Supreme Court judicial review won’t go ahead as previously scheduled due to the poor weather. County of Kings spokeswoman Julia Kirkey said on Jan. 2 that Judge Michael Wood has informed the municipal solicitors that he won’t be driving in from Yarmouth for the 1:30 p.m. proceedings.

The court was expected to hear arguments on whether or not to allow an affidavit from the municipality as part of the record and arguments were scheduled to continue on a motion for dismissal from the municipality. The application relates to a code of conduct violation alleged against Kings County councillor Pauline Raven.

Raven said the court proceedings scheduled for Jan. 3 have been postponed until Jan. 7. Lawyer Peter Muttart filed a notice of judicial review on behalf of Raven in October. The matter was first before Wood in Supreme Court in Kentville in November and it returned on Dec. 19. A motion for direction is scheduled to resume on Jan. 21. At this juncture, the judge could set a hearing date for the judicial review.

Organizations: Supreme Court, Kentville Justice Centre

Geographic location: Kentville, Kings, Yarmouth

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