Lingering legal issues in Raven versus Kings County case

Jennifer Hoegg
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A quibble over costs is keeping a dispute between a Kings County councillor and the municipality before the courts.

Coun. Pauline Raven’s announced Jan. 22 she would withdraw her application for judicial review over an alleged code of conduct matter. Here decision came after council voted to rescind the Oct. 15, 2013 motion endorsing Warden Diana Brothers’ warning to the councillor.

Read more about the case here.

However, Raven requested the county pick up approximately $400 in her costs.

Kings County’s lawyers filed a counterclaim Jan. 30, asking instead that Raven cover some of the county’s costs. According to Raven’s lawyer, Peter Muttart, Kings County is asking for approximately $2,900 from his client.

In Muttart’s response to the county lawyers’ letter, he noted Raven was asking for nominal costs  “as she has no desire to encumber her constituents with the expense of having sought her remedy.” 

He also wrote he had hoped the court could issue an order on the cost matter without further hearings, but he would appear if the judge felt it appropriate.

“My requests seems to have raised the ire of the municipality,” Muttart wrote, adding a press release was issued by the county “saying that the applicant was seeking costs; implying that to do so was not in the spirit of saving the taxpayer’s dollars; and reiterating for the public’s consumption that ‘the warning still stands.’

“The releases did not make reference to the fact that costs sought were nominal," Muttart wrote, “or that the point of order issue is to be distinguished from any disciplinary procedures of council under the code.”

The file is with Supreme Court Judge Arthur Pickup in Halifax and a copy of the claim was not available from the courts or the county before press time.

Organizations: Supreme Court

Geographic location: Kings, Halifax

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